A BIG Thank you for everybody who helped in different ways, to make the coffee morning a success. An amount of £345.73 was raised for Victims of Modern Slavery and will be sent to the Salvation Army fund for Victims. The Salvation Army has the government contract to provide the support and they work with 12 other agencies across the UK.
Report from the National Crime Agency
The total number of referrals has increased year on year each time the report has been compiled. In 2018 it was 6993, in 2017 it was 5145, in 2016 it was 3,804. This year’s figure is a 36% increase on the 2017 total. What has led to this increase? Are there more victims to be found, or are we just better at finding them? It’s more likely to be the latter.
As public understanding of modern slavery has increased, so naturally will referrals. The same goes for increased awareness levels within the police and statutory agencies. Additionally people who may previously have been treated as offenders – for example young people groomed and forced to sell drugs, commonly known as county lines – are now treated as victims. The increase in county lines activity is noted in the report as the key factor in driving the increase in referrals.
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