13,000 people in Britain ‘being held in slavery’- The Scotsman
UP TO 13,000 people in Britain are being held in conditions of slavery, four times the number previously thought, the Home Office has said.
In what is said to be the first scientific estimate of the scale of modern slavery in the UK, the Home Office has said the number of victims last year was between 10,000 and 13,000.
They include women forced into prostitution, domestic staff and workers in fields, factories and fishing boats.
Data from the National Crime Agency’s Human Trafficking Centre had previously put the number of slavery victims in 2013 at 2,744.
Launching the Government’s modern slavery strategy, Home Secretary Theresa May said the scale of abuse was “shocking”.
“The first step to eradicating the scourge of modern slavery is acknowledging and confronting its existence,” she said.
“The estimated scale of the problem in modern Britain is shocking and these new figures starkly reinforce the case for urgent action.”