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Sexual exploitation 'most commonly reported form of slavery'

The most commonly reported form of modern slavery in the UK is sexual exploitation, with women making up the vast majority of victims, according to new Government figures.

The Modern Slavery Strategy, published by the Home Office today, says victims are "often forced into prostitution, escort work or pornography".

In total, 42% of cases referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) - set up to help potential victims of slavery - involve sexual exploitation.

Those whom the NRM helps are only "potential victims" whose status as victims may or may not be confirmed.

Among those who were referred to the NRM, 95% of were female and 20% were children.


Ousted Mubarak cleared of involvement in killing protesters

An Egyptian court has cleared ousted President Hosni Mubarak of charges related to corruption, and dropped the case against him for his involvement in killing protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power.

Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo, April 2013. Credit: Reuters

Mubarak's interior minister Habib el-Adly and six aides were also cleared of charges related to the killing of protesters in 2011.

15 protesters arrested overnight in Ferguson

A policeman and member of the National Guard detain a man who was demanding justice for the killing of Michael Brown. Credit: Reuters

Fifteen people were arrested overnight in Ferguson after taking part in protests against a decision not to indict the white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.

Tensions escalated after police said protesters began illegally blocking an avenue.

A group of around 100 protesters had marched down the avenue towards the city's police and fire departments chanting, blocking traffic and stopping in front of businesses. One protester said:

I served my country. I spent four years in the Army, and I feel like that's not what I served my country for. I served my country for justice for everyone. Not because of what colour, what age, what gender or anything.

– Ebonie Tyse, 26, St Louis

More protests across US over Michael Brown shooting

Police face off with a protester in San Francisco. Credit: Reuters

There were more protests across the US last night over the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Riot police face protesters in central San Francisco. Credit: Reuters

As well as more disturbances in Ferguson itself, crowds gathered in the Californian cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles to voice their discontent at the grand jury's decision.

Police handcuff a protester in Los Angeles. Credit: Reuters


Weather: Most dry in the south, some rain in the north

Today: Dry and mild across southern parts of the UK with sunny spells. It will be cloudier further north with patchy rain or drizzle, heavy at times across the northeast, and later the northwest.

Tonight: Rain will fragment and move southeastwards towards northern England with clearer spells following by dawn. It will stay dry further south with mist and fog forming.

Sunday: Mostly dry with fog clearing slowly across parts of southern Britain. Some sunshine across the north and west, although patchy rain is possible in southeastern England later. Colder than Saturday.

In pictures: Shoppers 'started queuing at 4am'

Photos of shoppers queuing for 'Black Saturday' bargains have been posted on social media, with stores set to open their doors within minutes.

Shoppers begin queuing for 'Black Saturday' bargains

Shoppers have already begun queuing outside Asda stores with the supermarket's 'Black Friday' deals set to launch at 8am, according to social media.

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