The network continues to grow and is now aligned to the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) Modern Day Slavery Threat Group, chaired by the NCA. We have recently welcomed a number of new members including the Black Country Housing Association. The latest member to join us is Simon Jennings representing Business in the Community. This is an exciting step forward for the network as it now brings on board business and industry, something we have tried to achieve for a long while. As well as benefiting businesses in the West Midlands it will also benefit Network members in terms of understanding how industry works and how trafficking can feature within it, especially labour exploitation.
We also hope to have the RSPCA joining us soon, another organisation that has recently seen the benefits of its staff being aware of the issues of trafficking and how they may be in a position to identify potential victims of trafficking in their day-to-day work.
Building upon our knowledge of trafficking, one of our members from Worcester University gave a presentation on trafficking from Romania, which included an input on the Roma communities. Both presenters were from Romania, which added huge value to the overall excellent event.
Written by Kerry Scarlett