#AceNewsReport – July.13: We’ve been praised for our contribution to a new report that’s helping government and police understand the scale of modern slavery in the UK: The report released today (13 July) by anti-slavery charity Justice for Care and The Centre for Social Justice concludes there are likely to be around 100,000 slavery victims nationwide: Previous estimates had placed the figure at between 10,000 and 13,000: But thanks to a pioneering new data analysis project being led by us – National Data Analytic Solutions (NDAS) – we’ve now been able to put a more accurate likely total at close to six figures:
Modern Anti – Slavery Report: Released today outlines the true extent of victims across the U.K. amounting to nearly 100,000:
Justice for Care’s Chief Executive Officer Christian Guy said: “West Midlands Police’s innovation means that, for the first time, we have a much more accurate indication of the true extent of modern slavery in the UK: “Their work should be recognised and built on; it’s key to ensuring our country’s response is proportionate and serious. We can also now take giant strides forward in our national assessment.”………NDAS uses data analytical tools to help build better intelligence and insight from police data……………The system was able to identify cases where slavery was likely to be involved and then pinpoint everyone likely to have been linked to the case……………..Based on 2017 data, the system identified 4,197 potential victims of modern slavery in the West Midlands……….And when extrapolated to the whole of the UK returns a figure of 99,469…….But it is thought many more remain hidden and unaccounted.
From April 2019 to March 2020 almost 1,000 potential slavery victims identified by us and West Midlands partners were fed into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)………The NRM is the national framework for referring potential slavery victims to ensure they are safeguarded and receive support: Our 2019-20 total of 969 amounted to eight per cent of the national total and represented a 45 per cent increase on the previous 12 months………………….And from January 2019 to 30 June this year we have arrested 58 suspected traffickers under the Modern Slavery Act…………….
We’ve also run the biggest ever modern slavery investigation in the UK: That concluded last year when a Polish gang who’d trafficked hundreds of people to the West Midlands were together jailed for 55 years: They made victims work long hours on farms and rubbish recycling centres for as little as £20 per week, while they made around £2-million by plundering the bulk of their salaries and pocketing benefits applied for in their names: Our officers also safeguarded up to 100 victims identified during the operation:
The report It Still Happens Here reveals that in the last three years the UK has been the top country of origin for suspected slavery victims:
West Midlands Police Superintendent Sally Simpson, the force’s lead for slavery, said: “Traffickers abuse and exploit their victims in a multitude of forms with the most common types of exploitation being labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude: “Modern slavery is often linked to other crimes. Trafficking gangs will use the identities of victims to commit benefit fraud and victims are also controlled with alcohol and drugs and may be forced to beg in the streets, engage in the sale of illicit tobacco or be exploited in brothels or car washes………………“It’s really important that our communities work with us to tackle slavery and trafficking – and to report any suspicious behaviour around properties…………….“This could include people being collected from an address early in the morning and dropped off late at night, residents rarely leaving an address or appearing frightened or reluctant to talk to people.
“If something doesn’t seem right then let us know or contact or one of our anti-slavery partners.”…………Message us on Live Chat via our website or call 101. Alternatively contact the Modern Slavery Helpline or call 08000 121700
#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: July.13: 2020:
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