Crimestoppers has secured £90,000 to fund a campaign to uncover ‘hidden’ crime including human trafficking and modern slavery.
The Hidden Harms Project will run in London and focuses on less-reported offences. The scheme also covers domestic abuse and hate crime.
Campaigners are encouraging members of the public to report early signs of abuse anonymously.
Trafficking and slavery are among the fastest growing crimes worldwide and the second biggest source of illegal income for organised gangs.
The funding for this new initiative to combat hidden crime comes from City Bridge Trust. The scheme has proved successful elsewhere in the UK.
In Yorkshire and the Northwest of England, there was a 150% increase in reports during the first four months of the campaign.