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UK anti-slavery charity sees jump in labour abuse calls to helpline

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Calls about labour abuse to a British helpline rose 42 per cent last year as workers at building sites, hotels and car washes raised the alarm about unsafe or exploitative conditions, a report by an anti-slavery charity showed on Tuesday. Unseen, which runs the helpline to identify potential cases of modern […]

UK truck deaths reignite calls to tackle nail bar slavery

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London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation The deaths of 39 migrants found in a refrigerated truck in Britain has reignited calls for efforts to tackle slavery in the nail bar sector, a common destination for trafficked Vietnamese. Most of the people discovered in the truck are believed to be from Vietnam, one of the top source countries […]

Traffickers seen targeting homeless people in Britain

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation Homeless people are among the victims in seven per cent of all reported modern slavery cases in Britain, according to research by the anti-slavery charity Unseen released on Friday. Unseen said traffickers were “purposefully targeting homeless people for exploitation”, including making them commit crimes, most commonly through forced begging. Homeless people were […]

Reports of suspected slavery rise by 36 per cent in Britain

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation Reports of suspected modern slavery in Britain rose by more than a third in 2018, according to government data released on Tuesday, but campaigners said even that was likely only “the tip of the iceberg”. Police, charities and other first responders referred 6,993 potential modern slavery cases to the government’s National Referral […]

UK launches first safe house for child slaves amid security fears

Thomson Reuters Foundation A charity announced Britain’s first safe house for trafficked children on Monday, aiming to tackle the high number of victims who go missing while in the care of authorities, who campaigners say lack a clear strategy to tackle the crime. As many as two-thirds of all trafficked children rescued and placed in […]

Car wash slavery main concern for callers to UK anti-trafficking helpline

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Modern-day slavery at Britain’s car washes is the main concern for members of the public who call the country’s anti-slavery helpline – with more than 2,000 suspected victims identified in nearly two years – an anti-trafficking charity said on Friday. Car washes were the most common cause of concerns about modern slavery […]

UK anti-slavery hotline uncovers almost 5,000 potential victims in first year

Thomson Reuters Foundation Britain’s modern slavery helpline received thousands of calls in its first full year and identified nearly 5,000 potential victims being exploited in car washes, construction sites, nail bars and brothels, an anti-trafficking charity said on Monday. Unseen, which runs the hotline, said the 3,710 calls from the public and from victims last […]