Brexit 'Might Make It Harder' for Human Traffickers as Slavery Scale Revealed

Modern slaves are often said to be hiding in plain sight More

Modern slaves are often said to be hiding in plain sight More

Modern slavery and human trafficking are more prevalent across Britain than previously thought as more global gangs realise they can make significant sums from it, the country's National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday.

There were more than 300 live policing operations now, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country", the National Crime Agency said in its report.

Will Kerr, director of vulnerabilities at the NCA, said: "The more that we look for modern slavery, the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. This is 2017, this is not acceptable in any way, shape or form".

There has been a wide range of cases of modern slavery and human trafficking uncovered, ranging from a Romanian organised crime gang making €5m (£4.5m) from advertising prostitutes online and laundering the proceeds, to a 12-year-old girl being trafficked into the United Kingdom to take children on a school run.

Mr Kerr said victims in Northern Ireland included people from Vietnam, Romania and China and have been forced to work in the labour industry and brothels.

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Kerr said examples included those working at vehicle washes and in construction, as well as in agriculture and food processing - often receiving very little pay and forced to put up with poor living conditions.

Kerr said there is a wide age range among victims, and a balance of genders, and highlighted one example of a 12-year-old Roma girl who was brought into Britain to work for a family as a domestic servant.

Responding to the report, Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissioner, said the fight against modern slavery must go beyond arrests, and extend into more convictions as well as improved intelligence gathering and better support for victims.

Europe's migrant crisis was undoubtedly connected, Kerr said, as it had created a larger pool of people who could be exploited. "And I think raising awareness - the more we know about modern slavery and human trafficking, the more we are alert to the fact that it's going on".

"We've been shocked by the extent of it", Will Kerr, the NCA's officer in charge of tacking such criminality, told reporters.

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"Earlier this year we launched the Joint Slavery and Trafficking Analysis Centre to provide high quality intelligence analysis to assess the threat posed by modern slavery, and to support an increased operational response to this horrendous crime".

It said there were 3805 people reported as potential victims in 2016 - an increase from 1745 in 2013.

Anyone with information should contact the NCA on 08000 121 700.

Diane Abbott MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said: "The criticisms of the National Crime Agency's failure to tackle slavery are very serious".

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