The number of modern slavery prosecutions in the United Kingdom rose by 27% in the past year, according to figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The Modern Slavery Report by the CPS showed that referrals to the body from police and other agencies in 2017-18 rose by 31% to 355, the highest ever recorded.
Some 5,145 potential victims of slavery were referred to authorities last year, an increase of 35 percent on the year before, and the National Crime Agency suspects the number will continue to rise.
The CPS warned that drug gangs are exploiting “vulnerable people, often children, to move and sell drugs across the country.”
One notable case of modern slavery conviction included a drug gang that had trafficked Vietnamese women to work in nail bars and a Slovakian family who forced “desperate and destitute people” with mental health issues and learning disabilities to carry out menial work while living in grim…