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North West a hotspot for modern slavery

The North West has been revealed as a modern slavery hotspot according to the Salvation Army.

The report says between July 2018 and June 2019, 239 potential victims were based in the North West and needed support.

The charity says this is an increase from 175 the previous year.

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It's appalling that anyone is forced to work as a slave whether a British national or a victim from across the world. Our report shows that gangs target vulnerable people, often with mental health issues to act as drug runners, or to move cash.

However, people are also being forced to work as slaves in places like farms, car washes, and even nail bars.

– Major Kathy Betteridge, Salvation Army, Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery