2017 statistics recently released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) show a 36% rise in reported modern slavery cases across the UK from the previous year.
These latest figures published by the National Crime Agency (NCA) refer to data from the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) which is the Government process through which potential victims of modern slavery are officially reported. Forced labour is the largest type of exploitation: almost half of the cases documented (2352) related to suspected cases of forced labour.
Similarly, warning of increased trafficking for labour exploitation across Europe has been given by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) following the release of their annual report. The report states that most identified victims were men, who were exploited in industries including ‘agriculture, construction and fisheries’. The report highlights that “many victims of labour trafficking were not being identified as such nor granted access to assistance and protection” according to Siobhan Mullally, President of GRETA.