Where do Britain's slaves come from? Our map reveals the secrets of forced labour in the UK

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Official estimates suggest there are up to 13,000 people in Britain trapped in modern slavery, although Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland believes the figure could be in the tens of thousands.

Many are known to be suffering abuse here in London.

In 2016, the National Referral Mechanism assessed 3,805 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK, more than double the figure from 2013.

In the first six months of this year, 2,361 were assessed. But the victims are not only from abroad.

Of the potential victims assessed last year, the third largest group by nationality was British.

Mr Hyland said: “London is a hub for modern slavery and Londoners need to step up to the plate in fighting it. 

“Victims of the crime are relentlessly abused and repeatedly raped. Their dignity is denied and freedom taken.

“This isn’t a crime that is hidden and impossible to detect — it is happening before our eyes. It’s a huge problem, horrifying in its inhumanity, but it is one that we can all work to eradicate.”


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