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Cabbies help human trafficking move

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN to stop sexual exploitation and forced labour of innocent people in Uttoxeter is being introduced to taxi drivers in the town in their role as 'eyes and ears' of the community.

East Staffordshire Borough Council's full licensing committee is set to approve plans to support the Stop the Traffik campaign, which aims to address issues of human trafficking at a local level.

Stop the Traffik has identified taxi drivers as one of the few groups of people that come into contact with victims of trafficking.

It is therefore thought appropriate that the committee considers the approval of the campaign being introduced to those licensed by the council.

It is proposed, at the next Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade forum, to introduce the Stop the Traffik campaign to licensees, with Sergeant Bob Champeau of Staffordshire Police explaining how cabbies can assist.

A report to the licensing committee by Philip Somerfield, the council's head of regulatory services, said: "Those licensed within the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade within East Staffordshire should know what human trafficking is, what the signs are and who to report it to."

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