Hidden Crimes in Rural Areas

People forced to work for little or no pay or rural buildings being used for cannabis cultivation…these are crimes being carried out in other rural parts of the country so may be happening in Cumbria.

The Cumbrian Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office is holding a number of information events and carrying out research into crimes relating to modern slavery and human trafficking to understand more about what is happening in Cumbria.Modern slavery_77520

This could include people forced to work for little or no pay, or under threat of violence, in agriculture, construction, domestic work or the sex business. There may be trafficking of people into the area from other parts of the UK or abroad. Properties might be used for cannabis cultivation or housing ‘modern slaves’.

Anyone who can provide feedback about this is invited to email bmljb2xhLmJyb29tZmllbGRAY3VtYnJpYS5wb2xpY2UudWs= or can complete this online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5H89ZY5 If you have specific details about something happening in your area, we encourage you to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Cumbria Police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency).

A series of free webinars is being held about modern slavery, to help people avoid inadvertently supporting modern slavery and to help spot the signs of it. Registration is via the following link:

30th March – Focus on Agriculture and the Rural Community: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slave-free-alliance-and-cumbria-pcc-modern-slavery-awareness-webinar-tickets-141138632449