PressTV-UK slavery hotline uncovers 5,000 victims in 1st year

Britain’s modern slavery helpline received thousands of calls in its first full year and identified nearly 5,000 potential victims being exploited in car washes, construction sites, nail bars and brothels, an anti-trafficking charity said on Monday.

Unseen, which runs the hotline, said the 3,710 calls from the public and from victims last year led to about 1,450 referrals to anti-slavery groups, the National Crime Agency – dubbed Britain’s FBI – and every police force in the country.

At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude – but police say the true figure could be in the tens of thousands with slavery operations on the rise.

“Our actions are directly supporting people out of exploitation and we must continue to provide a service that puts the victims at the heart of what we do,” Andrew Wallis, the founder and chief executive of…

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