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Report: Trafficking victims may be tattooed to 'signify ownership'

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it has seen some evidence of potential trafficking victims being marked with tattoos - like branding.

The report found that victims were marked with "various symbols signifying ownership or to show that a victim is over 18".

It’s a simple as branding cattle and I can put it in no more stark terms than that. This is how they view the traffickers, as something that they buy and sell.

– Liam Vernon, United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre

The report said it included the evidence to give front line responders another sign to look out for when dealing with potential victims.

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