Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Although often associated with countries affected by conflicts, including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Syria, human trafficking within the UK often goes unnoticed. It is a growing problem, as the number of people reported as potential victims of slavery and human trafficking in the UK has more than doubled in the past three years.
Statistics released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) show there were 3,805 people referred for help in 2016 - up from 1,745 people in 2013, while recent Home Office estimates suggest there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.
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