Thousands of potential victims of modern slavery or trafficking have been detained by the UK government during the last two years.
The figures from Women For Refugee Women and After Exploitation is the result of a Freedom Of Information request regarding the number of people detained in prison-like settings despite signs that they could be trafficking victims.
Between January 2019 and September 2020, at least 2,914 detainees were recognised as “potential victims” of trafficking by the Home Office’s criteria – the National Referral Mechanism.
After Exploitation said 1,651 of the group were likely to be confirmed as victims, using previous rates as a guide.
The figures also show:
- 194 detainees have already been recognised as having been trafficked
- 753 had indicators of having been trafficked but had their claims rejected
- In 2020 alone, 969 detainees were suspected of being victims of trafficking
The news comes a month after the government rejected calls to give victims a year’s leave to remain in the UK, as well as housing and support.
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