British children being forced into modern slavery in UK as 5,000 potential victims found
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Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent @lizziedearden 13 hours ago
British children are being forced into modern slavery in the UK as more potential victims are reported than ever before.
A total of 5,145 potential victims were referred into the system last year, an increase of 35 per cent on the year before, and the National Crime Agency (NCA) believes the number will continue to rise.
The largest group was British citizens (819, more than double the 326 referred in 2016), followed by Albanian and Vietnamese nationals