27/6/2016 Port workers are being asked to look out for signs of slavery on ships docking in England’s south coast ports.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership says slavery at sea can go unnoticed because of restricted access to ships and the limited chances to check on the welfare of seafarers.
One port chaplain says he has seen evidence of crew members forced to work without sufficient rest hours or pay.
Hampshire Constabulary said it would do all it could to help victims.
Rev Roger Stone, Apostleship of the Sea port chaplain for England’s south coast ports, said he had seen galleys without food or drinking water, food unfit for human consumption, filthy shower and toilet areas and galleys with insect infestation.