Questions over human trafficking in Chichester

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COUNCIL officers have handed details of nail bars in the district to Sussex Police following concerns about human trafficking.

The move was confirmed this week following a question at the last full meeting of Chichester District Council.

At the meeting on September 24, Liberal Democrat councillor Clare Apel referred to the growing worldwide industry of trafficking.

She mentioned press reports of victims being exploited in nail bars during the day and used for prostitution at night.

According to an article in the Sunday Times newspaper, Vietnamese immigrants are being used as ‘slaves’ in nail bars across the country, including in Chichester.

Cllr Apel asked Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services, whether the district was investigating the claims.

Cllr Lintill this week responded saying the council had been working with ACT, a community action group against human trafficking.

She said the aim was to ‘raise awareness and provide training for front-line staff of the council and other agencies on what to look for with regards to human trafficking’.

“Following this training, officers have notified Sussex Police of nail bars that operate within the Chichester district,” she added.

However, the Observer has not been notified of police taking action against any nail bars in the district.