ANGLERS have been asked to help police in the fight to tackle the rising crime of human trafficking and modern slavery.
It follows a meeting in Worcester between the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS) and the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme.
The Voluntary Bailiff Service and the Building Bridges project – which works closely with migrant anglers from central and east European countries – are part of the FESS and ideal partners to help raise awareness of the crime among the angling community.
Janusz Kansik, Building Bridges project manager, said: “It is a fact that migrants are vulnerable to this crime.
“Because fishing is so deeply embedded in central and eastern European cultures, we are extensively involved with Polish, Lithuanian and Romanian communities and able to help the police raise awareness of modern slavery.”