The UK’s hidden victims

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Abstract

With an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide, human trafficking is the fastest growing global crime. In 2013, over 1700 people were referred to the UK’s National Referral Mechanism, which has been set up to identify and assist victims. Of all of those people, 637 were victims of sexual exploitation, of which 56 were children. It’s a significant problem in the UK and frontline workers like midwives, social workers, homeless shelter staff and the police can be the difference between freedom and slavery — even life and death — if they know the signs to spot and who to contact.

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