Modern Slavery Reports Double in Year

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Modern Slavery Reports Double in Year


chia, Alice Ca, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)


REPORTS of modern slavery in Birmingham have more than doubled in a single year.

There were 210 instances of the crime reported to police in the city in 2017/18 - up from 90 in 2016/17 and 29 in 2015/16.

The statistics come after Zakaria Mohammed, 21, of Aston, was last week jailed for 14 years after admitting trafficking children to deal drugs in the first conviction under the Modern Slavery Act.

Zakaria They showed Birmingham also had the second-highest number of reports of modern slavery in the country in 2017/18 - behind only Westminster (302).

According to Anti-Slavery, a charity working to end modern slavery across the world, the crime can take many forms, including forced marriage, forced labour, debt bondage - where people borrow money they cannot repay and are forced to work off the debt - and child labour.

It estimates most people are trafficked into the UK from overseas, with victims most commonly forced into labour in industries like agriculture, construction and manufacturing.

Mohammed The Home Office says that victims of modern slavery are entitled to help and protection which could include finding temporary accommodation, medical treatment and independent legal advice.

The rising number of modern slavery reports in Birmingham does not necessarily reflect more people being subjected to the crime. It could instead reflect more people feeling able to report the crime to police. The rising figures also reflect the national trend.

Jakub Sobik, from Anti-Slavery International, said: "Modern slavery in the UK mostly affects migrants, who come lured with a promise of a good job that would allow them to provide for their families.

"But it also affects British people, particularly those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. "British children make up the biggest group of identified victims, often coerced into sexual exploitation or drug trafficking across county lines. …

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