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Man arrested at Dover charged with people trafficking

A man who was arrested at Dover port as part of an operation which also saw five terror suspects held has been charged with people trafficking offences.

The Metropolitan Police said Laurentia-vasilica Zahria, 37, of no fixed abode, was charged with facilitating non European Union travel to a member state.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow. Five men arrested on suspicion of terror offences remain in custody.

Human trafficking victim: I was absolutely lost

Human trafficking is a booming business in Britain, with 47 people prosecuted for the offence last year alone.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner speaks to a female victim who was forced to have sex with men by her captors, and the detective who arrested the couple she managed to flee from.


Four Romanian men recovered in human trafficking raid

Four Romanian men are receiving support after being recovered in a human trafficking raid in Wiltshire, police have said.

The men, all aged between 25 and 45, were discovered in a commercial property in Melksham this morning, working in what officers described as "exploited circumstances".

The discovery was made during a joint operation between HMRC and Wiltshire Police. The men now being looked after by the Salvation army.

Anyone with information relating to human trafficking is urged to report it to their local police force by dialling 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and give information anonymously if preferred.

Trafficking cases involving UK children up by 173%

In total the number of cases involving Britons or the UK as country of origin rose 173% to 90; of those, 63 were children.

Increased awareness, both of human trafficking in its various forms and the obligation of first responders to use the National Referral Mechanism, is a likely contributor to the increased number of referrals in 2013.

We know that this is a crime which affects some of society's most vulnerable people, and some victims will remain undetected.

Equally, some of those referred to the NRM may not ultimately be classified as victims of human trafficking.

The NCA is committed to relentlessly disrupting what is a criminal trade in human misery.

– Liam Vernon, Head of the NCA's UK Human Trafficking Centre.

Of the number of minors identified as potential victims, 45 were classed as possible domestic servitude (up 2% on 2012), 123 as labour exploitation (up 24%) and 138 were unknown (up 9%).

Of the adults, 141 were classed as domestic servitude (up 18%), 511 labour exploitation (89% rise), 581 sexual exploitation (53% rise), and 62 unknown (up 44%).

NCA: 1,700 potential child abuse trafficking victims

New NCA figures on trafficking show that for children the most common nationality or country of origin was Vietnam, followed by the UK and then Albania.

The figures are the number of cases highlighted under the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), used to bring possible victims to the authorities' attention.

The NCA said that 1,746 people from 112 different countries were highlighted as as potential victims of traffickers last year, up 47% on the previous year. Nearly two thirds of those referred were female (1,122) and around a quarter (450) were children.

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