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Between 1st April and 30th June this year there have been 2,320 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM); an 8% increase from the previous quarter and a 40% increase from the same quarter in 2018.
Of the 2,320 individuals referred to the NRM, 1 in 3 (757) were female and 2 in 3 (1,562) male. There were no referrals of transgender individuals this quarter. Around 6 in 10 (1,336) of the referrals were for individuals who claimed they were exploited as adults, with the remainder (984) claiming they had been exploited as minors. The most common nationality of all referrals was UK nationals, which accounted for 28% (658) of referrals. In terms of exploitation type, as in the previous quarter, the most common form of exploitation for both adults and minors was labour.
These figures on modern slavery come from the Home Office's Statistics on referrals to the National Referral Mechanism, for potential victims of modern slavery in Quarter 2 2019, make important reading for all working in adult safeguarding.
Potential victims of modern slavery in the UK that come to the attention of authorised ‘first responder’ organisations are referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Authorised ‘first responder’ organisations include local authorities, specified nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), police forces and specified government agencies.