More than 10,000 suspected modern slavery victims identified in 2020
- More than 10,000 suspected modern slavery victims were identified in the UK last year, , marking a plateau largely caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
- There were 10,613 potential victims of trafficking, slavery and forced labour referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2020, according to Home Office
- This is slightly down from 10,616 in 2019, which was a record high and up more than 50% in a year.
- It is the first-time referrals have fallen year-on-year, with the plateau primarily thought to have resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
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