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British citizens are for the first time the largest nationality recorded as potential victims in the national trafficking and modern slavery figures.
Labour and Co-operative councillors have pledged to ensure none of the money they spend on procuring goods and services inadvertently ends up supporting exploitation or trafficking.
Cornwall Council is providing welfare and support services for 14 people following a police raid on a flower-picking farm.
Local authority leaders have called for a ‘coherent, cross-sector’ approach to tackling modern slavery as new figures reveal an increase of almost 50% in the number of people referred as potential victims.
There are many more victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK than first thought, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The publication of a new resource to help health visitors identify the signs of domestic slavery has been announced.