Operation Aidant is co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA). The operation is run nationally every year and involves local police forces working alongside partner agencies to focus on vulnerability, exploitation and modern slavery.
Modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT) in the UK is far more prevalent than previously thought, according to the National Crime Agency.
The campaign works to highlight the signs of modern slavery which people may encounter in their everyday lives, and encourage them to confidently report it.
As part of our activity, we have launched a video encouraging victims to report offences which has been translated into Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese Mandarin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian and Vietnamese.
I'm Detective Chief Inspector Lee McBride and I am Northamptonshire Police's force lead for modern slavery offences. My message today is to those people who may be victims, or know of, victims of modern slavery offences. We will listen and believe anybody who reports offences to us, and there's a number of ways that you can do this.
You can use the Unseen application which can be downloaded on a smartphone device from the relevant application stores. There's Crimestoppers where information can be reported anonymously on 0800 555 111. Or there are a number of ways of contacting the police directly. In a non-emergency dial 101. In an emergency dial 999. Or you can use the force website to enable that information to be given.
Please come forward with any information that you've got and I really appeal to those victims to come forward. As I say we'll believe and listen to you and get these offences and offenders brought to justice.