16/12/15 The number of British victims of human trafficking doubled last year, the National Crime Agency has revealed.
Social media and smartphone apps were being used by traffickers to recruit Brits and sexually exploit them.
Some victims were being “controlled” by drugs and alcohol and stated they were so “out of it” they did not know what was happening to them, the NCA report said.
Another potential victim reported that those exploiting her had pictures of her that they threatened to ‘show around’ if she did not do as they said.
A total of 3,309 people, including 732 children, were identified as potential victims of human trafficking in the UK – a 21% increase on the previous year.
They included 300 Brits – up 55% on 2013 – while the UK remained the most prevalent country of origin for potential child victims of human trafficking with 116 cases.