Today is World Day Against Trafficking. It is estimated that 40.3 million men, women and children are trapped in modern slaveryIt is something that impacts every country in the world, even here in the UK.

Here are ten things you might not know about modern slavery in the UK:

1. Slavery is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world

2. The UK Government estimates there are tens of thousands people in slavery in Britain today

3. In 2017, over 5,000 people were referred to British authorities as potential victims of slavery. Up one third from 2016, this includes over 2,000 children

4. 46% of people referred were in labour exploitation and 34% were in sexual exploitation

5. Up to 34% of victims of slavery are estimated to be re-trafficked

6. UK nationals make the biggest group of potential victims

7. 2016 saw the first conviction and sentencing of a British businessman for human trafficking

8. The MET estimates that traffickers could ‘earn’ £125,000 per year, from one woman working in a brothel

9.  Only 1% of victims of slavery have a chance to see their exploiter brought to justice

10. You can help in the fight against modern slavery, by reporting any suspicious activities. Find out more about the indicators, and how to report, on Newsroom.

Useful numbers:

  • Report non-emergency concerns to your local police on 101
  • For advice, call the Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 121 700
  • In an emergency, contact 999
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