- Some 3,266 people have been trafficked into the UK from 102 countries
- Victims are being exploited sexually and physically or working as slaves
- The number of reported trafficking cases has increased by 40 per cent
The number of suspected human trafficking victims in the UK has increased by almost 40 per cent in the last year as crime gangs exploit EU free movement rules.
In new official figures, 3,266 immigrants from 102 countries – a third of them children and more than half women – were deemed as victims of human trafficking.
Hundreds and possibly thousands more are believed to remain undetected by authorities and are surviving within the black economy living in substandard accommodation.