The UK Human Trafficking Centre has produced an assessment to give an indication of the nature and scale of human trafficking during 2011.
This is the first time an attempt has been made to describe the full extent of human trafficking in the UK. The assessment explores the number of potential victims, their country or origin, exploitation types, recruitment techniques and transport methods.
Information received by the centre suggests that 2,077 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in the UK, and the two most prevalent exploitation types were sexual and labour.
David Dillnutt, Head of the UKHTC, said: “Human trafficking is a complex crime and the true scale of it – and the number of victims – is largely hidden.
“What this assessment gives us though, for the first time, is a better understanding of the extent of human trafficking. It aims to inform the UK’s response at a government, law enforcement, and non-governmental organisation level.
“Investigating this type of crime is a challenge to us all as victims are often kept locked away and unseen by society. We need the public to help us too and I urge anyone with information on a potential victim of trafficking to share it with the authorities.”
The UKHTC provides tactical advice to police forces and other law enforcement agencies, and works with a wide range of partners, including NGOs, to support victims of all forms of trafficking. You can find out more about the Centre’s work here.
To download a copy of the assessment click on the following link UKHTC human trafficking assessment (338.61 kB)
Information for members of the public on identifying potential victims of trafficking can be found on The Salvation Army’s website.