An exhibition bringing the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking to the attention of people in Lincoln is on its way to the city.
The exhibition, taking place in the Cornhill and Cathedral this weekend, will feature striking images of modern slavery and child trafficking for sexual exploitation.
The Invisible People exhibit is part of a campaign by the National Crime Agency (NCA) to challenge people to recognise the signs of human trafficking.
Lincolnshire Police and Crimes Commissioner, Marc Jones, said: “Human trafficking and modern slavery are amongst the most evil of crimes.
“To subject other human beings, children amongst them, to this level of cruelty and abuse is abhorrent and our communities must do everything we can to put an end to these horrific offences.”
Eleven notorious family members were recently convicted following a series of trials relating to modern slavery and fraud after a special investigation near Lincoln.
The case was part of the force’s ‘Operation Pottery’ investigation, which has been one of the largest investigations of its kind in the country.
Will Kerr, director of vulnerabilities for the NCA, said: “This exhibition aims to show that, while victims are sometimes hidden away, they are often working in plain sight.”
“Look out for people who are often withdrawn, scared or unwilling to interact. They may be showing signs of mistreatment and ill health or living in over-crowded, cramped and dirty accommodation.
“Trust your instincts, and when something does not look right speak out.”
A walk of prayer will start on Saturday morning at 9.30am, linking the exhibition with an event at the Cathedral for a discussion about modern slavery.
The Lincoln Modern Slavery Summit, held in collaboration with the Clewer Initiative, will be held on Saturday between 10am and 1pm in the Chapter House.
Lincolnshire Police is encouraging anyone who sees suspicious activity to call them on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.