World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2024

Marble Arch BID and London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch are hosting an event to mark the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This event, aimed at various sectors, including hotels, retail, licensed premises, taxi companies and care homes, will raise awareness of the experiences and action taken to prevent and protect vulnerable people who are at risk of trafficking.

The campaign for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons raises awareness of disturbing developments and trends identified by UNODC and calls on governments, law enforcement, public services, and civil society to assess and enhance their efforts to strengthen prevention, identify and support victims, and end impunity.

Trafficking is a violation of human rights and is a serious crime as well as a significant risk to those being used in trafficking. Every year, thousands of vulnerable people including men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers. Victims often face revictimisation through traumatic post rescue experiences and legal proceedings, as well as the emotional trauma suffered through trying to repatriate back to their countries and families and integration into everyday life.

Experts from the Metropolitan Police will deliver two tailored presentations on Operation Makesafe and Operation Seascale. The session will conclude with a Q&A, offering additional information and training opportunities for businesses and their staff.

Operation Seascale

Operation Seascale is an ongoing initiative designed to equip businesses and their staff with the skills to identify and report potential organised exploitation of vulnerable individuals.

Particularly vulnerable sectors and regions susceptible to exploitation include locations plagued by issues like street sex work, brothels, antisocial behaviour or high numbers of casual workers, as well as businesses engaging freelance delivery staff or unofficial labour vulnerable to exploitation and recruitment agencies employing casual workers from abroad.

Operation Makesafe

Operation Makesafe, developed in collaboration with London boroughs, focuses on raising awareness of child exploitation within the business community. Its aim is to empower businesses and their employees to identify potential victims of child exploitation and, when necessary, alert law enforcement to intervene prior to any young person coming to harm. The initiative seeks to achieve the following:

  • Identify potential victims and ensure an effective safeguarding response.
  • Collaborate with businesses to upskill staff and protect vulnerable children from exploitation.
  • Provide public reassurance and implement effective preventative measures.
  • Enhance public safety and confidence.