The Centre for Social Justice's modern day slavery report ‘It Still Happens Here’
National APCC Lead on Modern Slavery, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE said:
“Modern-day slavery remains a very real and ongoing threat to our communities, which this latest report makes abundantly clear.
“It is a subject that I am personally committed to tackling and for many years I have campaigned both locally and nationally to raise awareness of the signs.
“This is having an impact, but as we can see from these findings, only a small percentage of the public recognise the indicators and we have to share this knowledge further and shine a spotlight on this crime.
“This why I have lent my full support to the commissioning of this report, contributing evidence and examples of good practice.
“It is, however, crucial that we understand more about the scale of the issue and what further work must be done to address it.
“I really welcome the recommendations of this report, which come at no better time, given some of the recent high-profile examples that we have seen up and down the country.
“I will continue to lobby for additional survivor rights and more stringent laws to remove from the perpetrators any opportunities to commit this terrible crime, which I know can have truly damaging effects”.