Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) support the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act consolidates slavery and trafficking offences, introduces tougher penalties and sentencing rules and provides more support for victims.
Modern slavery includes:
- Forced labour – Victims are forced to work against their will, often working very long hours for little or no pay in dire conditions under verbal or physical threats of violence.
- Debt bondage – Victims are forced to work to pay off debts that realistically they never will be able to.
- Sexual exploitation; Victims are forced to perform non-consensual or abusive sexual acts against their will, such as prostitution, escort work and pornography. Adults are coerced often under the threat of force, or another penalty.
- Criminal exploitation – Often controlled and maltreated, victims are forced into crimes such as cannabis cultivation or pick-pocketing against their will.
- Domestic servitude – Victims are forced to carry out housework and domestic chores in private households with little or no pay, restricted movement, very limited or no free time and minimal privacy often sleeping where they work.
LFRS will support this Act through:
- Staff training and education to support victim identification through
- Partnership Working in collaboration with relevant agencies and groups
- Adopting responsible procurement practices