Ex-South Yorkshire police chief says news ‘came out blue’

Nick Kinsella
Nick Kinsella

A former police chief and government adviser on slavery has spoken of his shock at discovering his adopted son had been enslaved.

Nick Kinsella, a former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent, who set up the UK’s first Human Trafficking Centre in Sheffield, said he had had no idea his son was being kept prisoner by the Rooke family.

Mr Kinsella said: “This came out of the blue. We had no idea it was happening to Craig.

“I’ve never doubted this could happen to any family – I used to say that when I gave talks. It’s just ironic it has actually happened to us.

“And unfortunately it reinforces the message I’ve spent years trying to get across.”

Mr Kinsella added: “You can give your children advice and guide them, but you can’t be with them 24 hours a day.

“Craig was a grown man who had jobs, had been married, had children and lived independently.

“We are so sad this happened to Craig. It’s sad that it happens to anyone. There’s not enough being done on this issue.”