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.
The Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK stood at 157% which reflects 374 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during March 2014 compared to 329 the previous month. Of that total, a good percentage of articles were in relation to the film industry.
'Dark chocolate' investigates media attention relating to human trafficking and the global cocoa supply chain.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) commissioned a paper on media coverage of human trafficking as part of its programme on forced labour, which aims to contribute to reducing such labour in the UK.