Deputy PCC marks The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade with a programme of events to tackle modern slavery

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Cllr Emily Spurrell in partnership with Merseyside Police and the International Slavery Museum are to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by providing a programme of events to raise awareness of Modern Slavery.

On the 29th March local businesses and partner agencies will have the opportunity to learn about Modern Slavery, how to spot the signs and how to report their concerns.

Deputy Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell, who is Chair of Merseyside’s Modern Slavery network says “Slavery was abolished more than 180 years ago in this country. As we remember the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade we acknowledge there are organised, criminal gangs who are exploiting people in the most inhumane ways, and it is taking place in our communities. I welcome the opportunity to help our partners and business’ spot the signs of slavery and know how to report their suspicions, ensuring that exploitation has no place on Merseyside. It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK and there are some tell-tale signs to make it easy to identify. That’s why we are working with our partners today, to help identify these signs and signpost people to the right organisations who can help put an end to modern slavery. I encourage local businesses, statutory and third sector organisations to join us”

“Merseyside is at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery” – that’s the message from Merseyside Police D/Superintendent John Webster. “Slavery’s hidden nature means it can be difficult to ascertain the extent of the problem, but we know the number of identified victims is continuing to rise. We also know it is an issue we all need to face. Our partners have the ability to implement changes at a community level that can make a real difference. Modern Slavery might not always be obvious, but its exploitation of vulnerable people can be happening all around us. We will do our utmost to protect victims and prosecute those who commit this crime.”

“It is vitally important that we all work together as a community to identify, raise awareness of the horrors of modern slavery.”

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of enslavement and slavery, both in a historic and modern context. Working in partnership with other organisations with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the Museum also provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacies of slavery today.

Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said, “The UN designated  International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on 25 March each year offers the opportunity to remember those who suffered as a result of chattel slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.   It is also an opportunity to highlight the legacies of transatlantic slavery such as racism and discrimination and indeed shine a light on modern forms of slavery and enslavement.   The Museum is committed to working with partners to eradicate ongoing injustices and so we are pleased to host this event.”

The International Slavery Museum will host two awareness raising events.

From 10 a.m. 30 business partners will learn about modern slavery, a tour of the museum will be offered to all attendees at noon with a networking lunch before the afternoon session for statutory and third sector organisations from 1.30. For further information and booking contact norma.kielty-crummey@merseysidepcc.info 0151 777 5162