A steep rise in the number of vulnerable children being lured into dealing drugs as part of the so-called county lines crisis has led to a doubling of modern slavery cases involving UK minors in Britain. Data from the National Crime Agency (NCA) showed the number of modern slavery cases involving UK children rose from 676 in 2017 to 1,421 in 2018. Nearly two-thirds of the 2018 cases, 987, were linked to labour exploitation, including by county lines and other criminal gangs. The modern slavery figures showed that 6,993 potential victims were identified in 2018, up from 5,142 in 2017. For 2018, 1,625 cases involving UK victims were identified, compared with 819 the previous year.
Source: The Guardian March 20, 2019 00:00 UTC