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Police praised for 'excellent' modern day slavery response

A TOTAL of 80 crimes were recorded by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in their attempts to tackle modern day slavery.

The figures are contained in a report released by Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland, in which he says GMP have done excellent work in tackling the growing problem.

In the 12 months leading up to March 2016, GMP recorded 80 crimes and this trend continues.

Over the same period, 143 victims of modern slavery in the Greater Manchester area were referred to the National Referral Mechanism.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We welcome the report released by the Anti-Slavery Commissioner today, which highlights the excellent work done by Greater Manchester Police to tackle modern slavery.

“In 2015 we set up a dedicated Modern Slavery Unit and specially trained officers have been working hard to disrupt traffickers, bring them to justice and support victims.

He said he remained "committed to tackling modern slavery" and added: "We must never lose sight of the fact that behind every statistic is a real person who has gone through a terrible ordeal and is in desperate need of help.

“There is still more to do but rescuing people from this horrific crime remains an absolute priority and we will continue to work alongside other police forces and partner organisations to ensure we can rescue more victims.

“The public have a role to play too and I encourage you to take a look around and if something doesn’t look right, tell us about it so we can investigate further.”

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