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21-30 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery today. This is compared to an estimate of 9-11 million people who landed alive in Europe from Africa during the slave trade.
A new report reveals dramatic growth in victims requiring support from The Salvation Army with the number of people recovering from labour exploitation overtaking those supported after sexual exploitation and also growing at a faster rate for the first time.
According to figures released by the National Crime Agency in August, 566 possible cases of human trafficking were recorded in the UK between January and March this year - almost 50 a week.
The modern slave trade is now the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, estimated to be worth more than £87 billion.
A hard-hitting television advert focusing on the human cost of slavery has been released as part of a major new Home Office campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery in the UK.
Quite a political slant to the news stories this month that were tracked in the LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ with human trafficking featuring heavily in the coalition’s final to-do list.
Looking back over the news for May 2014, Human Trafficking related articles for the UK stands at 104% against the baseline. This represents 348 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during May 2014 compared to 355 the previous month. What is of note is the number of publications using their readership to raise awareness of human trafficking. Some of these are highlighted in this month’s review.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, recommending that the UK Government use its Modern Slavery Bill as an opportunity to better protect the rights of child victims and punish offenders.