Stansted Airport: Safeguarding vulnerable passengers from criminal exploitation
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Our officers work closely with Border Force and other agencies at Stansted Airport.
They have been meeting inbound and outbound flights to ensure passengers are safe as they want to make sure that people coming into or leaving our country are not being exploited by criminals.
If we think someone is vulnerable, we will talk to them and offer help where we can. Of course, we will also arrest suspected members of criminal gangs who seek to exploit vulnerable people and bring them in and out of the UK to work for little or no wages, often in terrible conditions.
In just three days and 20 flights, seven passengers were refused entry to the country because we had concerns about where they were going to or who they would be met by.
We also talked to 130 passengers coming in and going out of the country and gathered some important information.
Detective Constable Mark Ghosh says: “We are always seeking to identify people involved in modern slavery and human trafficking. Typically, we see people due to be exploited within labour industries, going to work on construction sites or car washes. The second most common form of trafficking are victims going to work in sex industries.
“They are often expected to work for little or no money, with no safeguarding and no protection. It’s these people we seek to protect when they come through the UK border at Stansted Airport, with the help of charities such as A21 and Justice and Care.”
If you think someone is being criminally exploited, ring 999 if it is an emergency, otherwise report it online at www.essex.police.uk or ring 101.