UK: Number of referred modern slavery and trafficking victims doubles

The number of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking referred to the National Crime Agency has doubled in the past year, with half of the persons identified in the last year being children.

The increase, according to officials, is due to referrals on ‘county lines’, as well as a greater awareness across the UK regarding the identification of victims. Councils are also able to refer victims and numbers of council referrals have also increased.

The framework for identification of victims, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), provides a structure for identifying and supporting victims. For more information on the NRM click here.

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