By Laura Wiedenstock February 27, 2019 12:23:50 The problem is getting worse and worse, the United Nations has warned, as new research suggests more than 3,400 cases of human trafficking are happening in the UK every day.
UK statistics showed the number of people trafficked into the country for forced labour rose by a third between the first half of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, the International Labour Organisation said.
The report, released on Monday, also found that the number fell by 10% during that period.
The organisation said there was a “substantial increase” in cases since then, with the number now approaching 3,000.
A spokeswoman for the charity said the report showed a “sharp rise” in the number reported to the authorities.
The UK is a major centre for human trafficking and the number there is a growing concern, said Pauline Lister, the charity’s UK director.
She said it was important to tackle the problem as it “creates a significant problem for our society”.
“It’s also a major cause for concern for employers and the wider economy, as there are risks associated with being in a situation like this where people are not able to report abuse to police, and employers don’t know what they are doing,” she said.
Lister added that the report found “serious flaws in the way the Government has dealt with the issue of trafficking in the past”.
“The Government is now making clear it is taking action to end this problem,” she added.
UK immigration minister says human trafficking ‘unacceptable’ The minister for immigration, James Brokenshire, said he had been in touch with UK authorities to help them identify and investigate human trafficking cases, and had urged them to ensure “the UK continues to take the highest level of action”.
“There is no place for human traffickers in our country,” he said.
“It is unacceptable that they can still prey on vulnerable people and children.
The report found that around one in 10 UK adults have been trafficked in the last year, with a further 16% of young people in the country being trafficked. “
We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and the Government to make sure the UK remains a place of safety and security for everyone.”
The report found that around one in 10 UK adults have been trafficked in the last year, with a further 16% of young people in the country being trafficked.
The number of children being traffipped has also been on the rise, with an average of one child trafficked every day in the year to March 2019.
The government is currently considering changes to its approach to the issue.
The Department for International Development, which runs the UK’s national anti-trafficking campaign, said it would now “focus more attention on helping victims of trafficking” rather than just taking the “unacceptable” approach of only looking at the numbers.
The charity said more money was needed to tackle trafficking and that a report into the UK police force’s role in trafficking was needed.
“The government needs to take urgent action to protect vulnerable people in our communities from human trafficking,” said the organisation’s deputy director, David Mears.
The Labour Party has called for a “big, bold” national response to human trafficking.
“There are a lot of things we can do in terms of policy, we can increase funding for police forces to be able to tackle it, we should do more on the frontline, we could put more resources in to combating trafficking in our local communities,” party leader Keir Starmer said.
He added that “the Labour Party and other parties are working together to tackle this”.
“We want to do everything we can to put more police officers on the streets and we are working on that.”
The Labour leader added that he was “very concerned” about the “horrendous” numbers of human trafficked children being exploited in the city.
Labour’s shadow home secretary, Sadiq Khan, has said Labour would launch a national consultation on the issue within days.
The Conservative MP for Hounslow in north London, John Woodcock, said the Government must take “every possible step” to tackle human trafficking in order to “prevent children from being exploited”.
He said: “This is not just a Labour issue, this is an issue that is the Conservatives and Labour together.”
We need to be on top of this issue and we need to take every possible step to prevent children from going through this process.
“In October, the Government announced a £1 million fund to support victims of human rights abuses.
But the money was cut when Labour lost control of the Commons.
The Prime Minister said he would instead be setting up a national hotline to help victims of domestic violence, rape and trafficking.