‘Tens of thousands’ of slaves are held in UK – and Christians can help free them

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Tens of thousands are trapped in slavery in the UK, the National Crime Agency revealed on Thursday, as modern slavery was shown to be far more widespread than previously thought.

Despite a slump in prosecutions for slavery and trafficking last year, the NCA warned gangs were holding slaves in every large town and city in Britain.

45.8 million people are held in forced labour, sexual slavery or unpaid work around the world.Reuters

‘As you go about your normal daily life there is a growing and a good chance that you will come across a victim who has been exploited,’ said Will Kerr, the NCA’s vulnerabilities director.

Previous estimates of between 10,000 and 13,000 were just a fragment of the total, he said.

‘It’s likely [to be] in the tens of thousands,’ Kerr said. ‘The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of

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