Official statistics show the number of potential human trafficking victims identified in the UK has surged by nearly 80 percent in a year, triggering concerns about modern slavery.
The latest available data from the National Crime Agency (NCA) goes back to 2015, with 306 cases of trafficking reported by local councils and over ten-fold that number by other sources.
Some cities saw a very clear surge in the number of reported human trafficking victims and greater Manchester experienced a 197 percent increase.
Authorities say labor exploitation is the most common fate of trafficking victims in Britain.
In spite of the significant increase in the reported cases of abuse, there are still up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK.
The number of victims of human trafficking in the UK rose in 2015 (File Photo) The figures have alarmed Local Government Association (LGA), a group that represents 370 local councils, calling the situation modern-day slavery and warning it is a rising threat and a major concern.
LGA has urged the British public to be more aware of human trafficking in order to prevent criminal gangs from exploiting vulnerable foreign workers.—Agencies