Plymouth standing strong against modern slavery

Councillor Sally Haydon with Inspector Simon Hardwick and volunteers.

Councillor Sally Haydon with Inspector Simon Hardwick and volunteers.

Following an announcement at Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Meeting last week residents of Plymouth are being taught how to recognise, and challenge suspected cases of modern slavery.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said “I am really pleased to see that partners across the city are promoting ways in which the public can help battle modern slavery. We know that, sadly, slavery exists right across the UK and cases have been seen within our city too. Plymouth has an effective partnership committed to challenging modern slavery by preventing, protecting and preparing to deal with vulnerable victims and by pursuing those responsible for slavery.

“Many different industries benefit from the suffering of people in communities, including fisheries, beauty and farming. The Safe Car Wash app is a free tool that I’d encourage anyone who uses hand-car washes to download and use. By answering a few simple questions about what you see and experience the app assesses the likelihood of modern slavery occurring and asks people to call the Modern Slavery Helpline if necessary.”

Devon and Cornwall Police and volunteers were present in Piazza square and at Derriford Hospital canteen today, informing and advising members of the public about what to do if they suspect that someone may be a victim of, or committing an act of modern slavery.

As well as the drop-in events Smeaton’s Tower will be lit up red tonight, alongside other UK landmarks, in support of the Anti-Slavery Day campaign.


If you suspect human trafficking or modern slavery, contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

Pictured are Councillor Sally Haydon, Inspector Simon Hardwick and volunteers from Mutley Baptist Church, Salvation Army,  A21 Walk For Freedom and Transforming Plymouth Together.