Detective Superintendent Stuart Hooper discusses people trafficking on @BBCEssex

Jul 30, 2015, 04:38 PM

Today we are raising awareness of human trafficking by supporting the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The campaign encourages people across the globe to express their solidarity with the millions affected by this crime by using the hashtag ‪#‎igivehope‬ on social media.

Human trafficking is a priority for the force and as part of the campaign, we are highlighting the crime and the harm it causes victims and our communities.

Current research estimates there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in rural, urban and coastal communities across the UK.

Det Supt Stuart Hooper, director of intelligence for Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said “People trafficking has a devastating effect on the victims, some of whom are vulnerable or unaware they are being exploited. Essex Police are committed to raising awareness of this crime and will continue to work closely with our partners to deliver effective support to victims and prosecute those involved.”

For more information about people trafficking please visit the National Crime Agency website:

Audio courtesy of @BBCEssex #EPsupports #igivehope