Rise in modern slavery referrals in London

Rise in modern slavery referrals in London

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The number of people from London identified as victims of modern slavery has risen by almost a fifth over the last year, according to new report by The Salvation Army.

774 people from London were referred to the charity’s specialist support service, an increase of 19 per cent from last year. Referrals from London made up almost half of all victims who entered the service to receive support.

In total 1,856 victims were referred across England and Wales. The majority of those trafficked were female, with Albania and Nigeria the most common countries of origin.

45 per cent of victims were trafficked for labour exploitation, 42 per cent for sexual exploitation and 14 per cent for domestic servitude.

The Salvation Army’s Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery Kathy Betteridge said: “This is a crime that is happening right across the country and we all need to play a part in supporting victims and bringing it to an end.”

“Our dedicated referral line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we strongly urge anyone who sees something which doesn’t look right, a person who seems to be in a situation against their will or without autonomy to please report it.”

In 2015 the government granted The Salvation Army a five-year contract to support victims of modern slavery. A 2017 report by the National Audit Office revealed the contract is forecast to be worth roughly £90m, more than twice the Home Office’s initial estimates.

The Salvation Army works with multiple organisations including Border Force and the Department of Work and Pensions to ensure victims continue to receive support after they leave the charity’s care.

Victims of modern slavery can be referred to The Salvation Army by calling 0300 303 8151.

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