Slavery victims suite is big 
step forward

Commissioner Clive Grunshaw talking to Detective Chief Inspector Mark Vaughton from Lancashire Constabulary at the modern slavery victims suite.
Commissioner Clive Grunshaw talking to Detective Chief Inspector Mark Vaughton from Lancashire Constabulary at the modern slavery victims suite.

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has visited a new modern slavery victims’ suite to highlight the good work of Lancashire Constabulary.

This comes as a national report highlighted concerns about the way modern slavery cases are dealt with.

Based in the east of the county, the two-room suite is designed to make victims of modern slavery feel more at ease during what can be an extremely stressful time.

It gives the police the capacity to conduct interviews in more neutral surroundings next to a room dedicated to making victims comfortable with a bed, cot, kitchen and lounge.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking is a key priority for us in Lancashire, with 
some fantastic work having already been done and the creation of this victims’ suite is an important part of this. Setting up this new suite, which is 
already being used effectively, is another step forward in helping those being exploited through modern slavery.”

Victims who have been trafficked or forced to work against their will can feel safe and secure which will 
improve the chance of securing 
evidence against those 
responsible who are 
often linked to organised crime.