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Ethics – People trafficking

September 2017

More than 45.8m people globally are being exploited in modern day forms of slavery, in 167 countries across the world, latest figures have warned.

Recent statistics from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show the number of people found in situations of possible exploitation is increasing. However, the 3,805 people referred to the NCA in 2016 is still far fewer than the estimated 10,000-13,000 people actually trapped in the horrific cycle of modern day slavery in the UK.

A new Private Members Bill has been proposed by Christian Peer Lord McColl of Dulwich, to guarantee victims will be given support for this longer period. The bill will be debated this September.

Louise Gleich, senior policy officer for human trafficking for CARE, said: ‘The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was a great leap forward, but there is more work to be done to improve the situation of victims.

‘It cannot be right that someone receives a letter from the authorities recognising they are a victim, but then not be entitled to any form of support. We can and must do more to offer victims protection, somewhere safe to live, and a helping hand as they recover from their ordeal and begin to rebuild their lives’.

She added Lord McColl’s Bill will make sure victims receive this essential support, saying, ‘We hope that peers will give it their backing’.