27/4/2016 The police are investigating an allegation of ‘modern slavery’ in the district following a news report on Al Jazeera.
Kent Police confirmed it made checks at two premises in Canterbury and Chartham last week, after the news channel made the claims in a documentary.
A spokeswoman for Kent Police said: “We carried out welfare checks at the two addresses, after officers were made aware of concerns raised during a news report on Al Jazeera.
“These checks took place on Saturday, April 23.”
Detective Inspector Kath Way said that officers were carrying out further enquiries. She said: “Kent Police takes allegations of modern slavery extremely seriously and we will always seek to investigate and protect vulnerable people in our society.”
The spokeswoman added: “Modern slavery, which incorporates human trafficking and labour exploitation, is high-harm and victims can be found in all types of communities – rural, urban or coastal.”
The police urged people to look out for any signs of exploitation, which could include:
- Several adults who are not related living at a single address
- People being regularly collected very early in the morning and/or returned late at night
- Signs of injury, malnourishment and a general unkempt appearance
- Isolation from the rest of the community
- People who live and work at the same address under poor conditions
- Excessive working hours
- Sub-standard living conditions
Detective Inspector Way said: ‘Information from the community, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem, can play a vital role in tackling modern slavery.
“If you see something suspicious call police on 101 – or 999 in an emergency – or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”