Addressing the Exploitation of Young People

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In the year ending December 2022, there was a 10.3% rise in referrals for potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK, with a total of 7936 referrals made.

Street Teams

Embracing local community involvement and CSR (corporate social responsibility) isn’t just a moral imperative; it’s a strategic decision that paves the way for a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous future.

Welcoming these principles, ABGO has partnered with one of our local Walsall’s charity organisations, Street Teams.

Since 1999, Street Teams, based in Walsall, has been working with young people and vulnerable adults diligently addressing all forms of exploitation.

As a current commissioned service for Walsall Local Authority, Street Teams work on a one-to-one basis with children, young people and vulnerable adults who have been or are susceptible to exploitation.


What is Exploitation?

Exploitation, not legally defined, refers to the abuse of power to coerce, deceive, or manipulate individuals into participating in sexual or criminal activities.

Exploitation occurs when the victim is compelled to benefit the perpetrator or facilitator financially or socially. 

It’s important to note that even if the victim appears to consent, they may still be considered exploited.

Exploitation goes beyond just physical contact and can also occur through technology.

Criminal exploitation goes beyond borders and includes a range of illegal activities such as theft, knife crimes, and other criminal behaviours.


Getting help

In an emergency always call 999.

If you are worried that a young person may be exploited in Walsall, please consider Street Teams for advice; call 01922 681208.

If you suspect modern slavery, report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the police on 101. Please don’t leave it to someone else. Your information could save a life.

Barnardo’s 24/7 professionals support line 0800 043 4303 (deals with modern slavery and 

human trafficking).

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