– HOME OFFICE STATEMENT
Human trafficking is abhorrent and the UK Government is committed to combating this crime in all its forms.
Investment in training for front line professionals to identify and refer victims, improvements in data collection, work with the private sector to protect workers and more personalised care and support for victims are already making a real difference.
But the Government is not complacent and we will continue to work to improve and strengthen our approach to keep pace with emerging threats.
– Christian Guy, Centre for Social Justice
Our research has uncovered a shocking underworld in which children and adults, many of them UK citizens, have been forced into lives of utter degradation.
Yet the authorities are either failing to understand the nature of this abuse or turning a blind eye to its existence. Our once great nation of abolitionists is a shameful shadow of its former self.
The Government has been attacked for its "inadequate response" to modern slavery after an investigation uncovered a "shocking underworld" of human trafficking.
The Centre for Social Justice found more than 1,000 adults and children were trafficked into or within the UK in 2011/2012, but it warned the figure could be "only the tip of the iceberg".
- Among the cases were British and foreign victims who had been forced into the sex trade, a life of crime or domestic labour
- British girls trafficked within Britain for the sex trade made up nearly one half of all UK slavery victims in the latest set of figures