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Figures show raise in modern slavery victims waiting Home Office decision

The number of suspected modern slavery victims left waiting more than two years for a Home Office decision on their case has risen by more than half in just three months, raising concerns that the long delays are pushing people back into exploitation. Figures obtained through freedom of information requests show 4,991 people had been waiting more than six months for a decision from the National Referral Mechanism in September 2019, compared with 4,027 just three months before in June, while 605 people had been waiting more than two years in the latest figures, compared with 397 in June 2019 – a rise of 52 per cent.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said 100 people smugglers were jailed during 2019.

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