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Will Kerr, director of vulnerabilities at the NCA, said: “The more that we look for modern slavery, the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable.“The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone previously thought.I find that submission hard to believe."The court was told Martin was confused about his gender and suffered workplace bullying.
Speaking to the The number of people being referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – the UK’s official framework for identifying victims of human trafficking – has risen steadily in recent years.This should not be acceptable in any way, shape or form.” Responding to the report, Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissioner, said the fight against modern slavery must go beyond arrests, and extend into more convictions as well as improved intelligence gathering and better support for victims.“Arrests have been made by police, victims rescued and convictions secured. We need to see more convictions and criminals behind bars,” Mr Hyland said.“Despite this, victims continue to be denied access to the vital services they need to recover and rebuild their lives.Authorities must stop prioritising immigration control targets over the safety of victims, which leaves scores of the children we work with vulnerable to missing, re-trafficking and deportation.” Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, said: “These new figures show the shocking scale of modern slavery in the UK but it’s important to remember that it does not only affect adults.