There is no typical victim of modern slavery. Victims may be men, women and, even children. Traffickers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Victims may be sexually exploited, forced to work for little or no pay or forced to commit criminal activities against their will. Victims are often pressured into debt bondage and are likely to be fearful of those who exploit them. Captors will often threaten and abuse their victims and their families. All of these factors make it very difficult for them to escape.

According to the governments own figures (National Referral Mechanism, NRM) in 2015 there were 3,266 potential victims of trafficking across the UK (which is an increase of 40% on the previous year); with 982 of these victims being children (30.1% of the total).

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