Modern slavery and human trafficking statistics 2017
According to the report, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) recorded 5,145 potential victims in 2017, up from 3,804 the previous year. For the first time British citizens were the largest nationality recorded, up from 326 to 819 in 2017. The increase is due in part to a rise in ‘County Lines’ gang exploitation, where young children have been exploited by criminals involved in drug supply.
The NCA also reports that the increase has been driven by more awareness of the subject and the figures are likely to rise as referrals regarding trafficking and slavery become more widespread.
In response to the figures, the Local Government Association said they were concerned with the increase but will continue to help victims as much as they can, providing they can access the required resources and funding.