The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has stated that the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) in the United Kingdom is much more pervasive than was thought.
The Agency has released a statement on Thursday saying: “MSHT in the UK is far more prevalent than previously thought.
“A growing body of evidence resulting from an increase in law enforcement activity points to the numbers of victims being much higher than estimated, and the threat continuing to expand.”
According to the NCA, there are over 300 policing operations aimed at fighting human trafficking in the United Kingdom at the moment.
Between May and June 2017, 111 individuals were arrested and 130 victims were detected in NCA operations against labor and sexual exploitation.
The shadow home secretary from the Labour Party, Diane Abbott, commenting on the report issued by the NCA, stated: “The claim that modern slavery offences are just lying dormant on the NCA database because these crimes are not taken seriously is deeply troubling.
“The NCA is accountable for its performance to the Home Secretary, so Amber Rudd has serious questions to answer,”
According to the NCA statistics, 3,805 potential victims of human trafficking were submitted to the National Referral Mechanism, a process aimed at identifying the victims of human trafficking in the United Kingdom and their support, in 2016.