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Increased number of human trafficking victims seeking support

October 14th, 2014 - Posted by Doireann Clabby in Human Trafficking Awareness

This week, The Salvation Army published a new report on human trafficking. The findings highlighted a 62% increase in human trafficking victims seeking support with more than 1,800 people coming forward since 2011. Forced labour accounted for 42% of cases last year, surpassing sexual exploitation (38%) and domestic servitude (10%).

carwashForced labour is now as much a reality in the UK as it is overseas with many Eastern European victims suffering at the hands of traffickers.  Industries such as construction, beauty and car wash services have all been associated with human trafficking.

The Salvation Army report comes after a BBC Radio 5 Live documentary explored the suggestion that UK car wash services may be employing slave labour. The feature is explored in more detail in our blog post 'Is your car wash supporting modern slavery?'

End notes

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