In 2013 the UK National Referral Mechanism (NRM) received 1,746 referrals of potential victims of trafficking. However, trafficking is a covert crime and victims are often hidden, making it difficult to establish the true scale of the issue.
The National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre publishes an annual assessment of the number of victims of human trafficking. The most recent assessment was published in August 2013 and can be found on the NCA website:
The Government are determined to lead the global fight against human trafficking (including modern slavery), and has introduced the Modern Slavery Bill. The Bill will give law enforcement the tools to stamp out modern slavery, and enhance protection for victims. To complement the Bill, the Government are also ramping up non-legislative action to tackle this abhorrent crime.