Dealing with Human Trafficking for Sexual/Labour Exploitation or Domestic Servitude

Policy Scope:

This policy statement affects all SYP staff dealing with Human Trafficking for Sexual, Labour Benefits Exploitation or Domestic Servitude, e.g. victims having been brought into the UK and forced, tricked or coerced into prostitution, forced labour or domestic servitude (often referred to as Human Slavery).

Policy Aims and Objectives:

The objective is to achieve consistency and compliance throughout the Force.  It is envisaged the policy will ensure:

An immediate response to active incidents on receipt of a call
Effective investigation of the offence

Associated Procedural Instructions:

This policy is supported by the following procedural instructions:
D51510 Investigation of Human Trafficking (Sexual or Labour Exploitation)

See also:
HO Human Trafficking Strategy 2011

HO Human Trafficking - Practical Guidance 2013
This policy should be read in conjunction with: 

The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) section entitled Information Management, and other relevant SYP policy documents such as D51512 Information Management and Compliance.

Equality Act 2010

The Act creates a statutory requirement for all Functions and Policies (Including Procedural Instructions) to be analysed for their effect on equality, diversity and human rights, with due regard to the General Duty.

In principle, this document has been assessed for discrimination, which cannot be justified, among other diverse groups.

Human Rights/Discretion:

The purpose of providing policy is to give an indication to staff of the expected course of action.  However it is not possible to cater for every possible combination of factors that would justify a departure from stated policy.  The Human Rights Act 1998 requires the proper use of discretion at all times and nothing within this policy and associated procedural instructions prohibits the proper use of discretion in appropriate circumstances.

Where action is taken that has the potential to interfere with an individual's Human Rights, the reasons behind the making of the decision to act in that way should be recorded on the appropriate forms, or where this is not practicable, in pocket books or policy logs.

Review Arrangements:

This policy together with its Equality Analysis will be reviewed every two years.

Rights of redress for members of the public:

Anyone who feels that a member of staff has behaved incorrectly or unfairly, or who is dissatisfied with organisational matters, service delivery or other operational policing issues, has the right to make a complaint.

Initial action should be taken in one of the following ways:

  • Complain in writing or in person to the Senior Officer at the appropriate police station or to the Chief Constable of the force concerned.
  • Visit a local Citizens' Advice Bureau
  • Contact a Solicitor

Rights of redress for South Yorkshire Police personnel:

South Yorkshire Police personnel who feel they have grounds for concern in relation to the implementation of policies may, as appropriate:

  • Pursue concerns through their line manager.
  • Contact a First Contact Advisor.
  • Pursue a grievance formally through the South Yorkshire Police Fairness at Work Procedure.
  • Seek advice from their staff association or trades union.
  • Use procedural instruction D50241 Management of Complaints, in the section entitled Handling Complaints relating to Direction and Control.

11 October 2010

Equality Analysis:
D51509,D51510,D51511 Dealing with Human Trafficking.pdf (attached below)


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