POLICE officers from several units were at Frankley Services today (Friday) to target – and raise awareness of – modern day slavery and human trafficking.
The services was chosen because often modern slaves are trafficked illegally in lorries and vans on the motorway network, including the M5.
The Midlands is a well-known stop for many heading up from the south coast because of tachometer regulations and the distance drivers can travel before they need to take a break.
Operation Aidan was led by Insp Dave King.
Early morning start with colleagues with GLAA, CMPG and from across N/Worcs Police. Targeting modern day slavery and human trafficking. #Projectaident #protectingvulnerablepeople @KMinsterCops @BromsgroveCops @HagRuberyCops @AlveWythallCops @WestMerciaPCC pic.twitter.com/yhYU7EHd8m
— InspKing (@InspDKing) September 11, 2020
It saw vehicles, including vans and lorries, stopped and drivers given advice about slavery, trafficking and the exploitation of people from EU countries and further afield.
Officers from Bromsgrove, Hagley and Rubery, Alvechurch and Wythall, Kidderminster, Central Motorway Police Group and colleagues at The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
The GLAA is a UK Government agency that works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.