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Home Office: 13,000 could be working as slaves in the UK

New analysis from the Home Office on the scale of human trafficking in the UK suggests as many as 13,000 people may be living in a state 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.

The government has just appointed the UK's first-slavery commissioner has vowed to tackle police failings in uncovering and rescuing people from trafficking, and work to support victims.

Today's strategy is part of the government's Modern Slavery Bill, expected to become law in 2015.

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Domestic labour visa rules 'de facto legalise trafficking'

Proposals to tackle trafficking, outlined by the government ahead of the Modern Slavery Bill have been described as creditable but "modest" by anti-slavery campaigners.

Aiden McQuade, the director of Anti-Slavery International said a lot more work was needed in looking into the issue of domestic servitude - and that the current system of visas for domestic workers "de facto legalises trafficking" for forced domestic servitude.

He said he was not surprised by the estimated numbers released today, and stressed that people are working as slaves in many areas of employment - not just the sex trade.

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