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Chi­nese, and 200 Nige­rian adults re­ferred, along with 70 from the UK.

Of those UK adults, 50 were re­ferred for forced labour, 16 for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, three be­cause of do­mes­tic servi­tude, and one for an un­known rea­son.

The fig­ures also re­veal the case of one Bangladeshi woman who was iden­ti­fied as be­ing traf­ficked for or­gan har­vest­ing.

Po­ten­tial vic­tims are re­ferred to one of the UK’s two com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties - ei­ther the Mod­ern Slav­ery Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Unit or the Home Of­fice Visas and Im­mi­gra­tion ser­vice - by what’s known as a first re­spon­der. First re­spon­ders in­clude po­lice forces, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and the UK bor­der force. Com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties then in­ves­ti­gate the cases fur­ther. A Home Of­fice spokesman said: “Mod­ern slav­ery is a bar­baric crime which de­stroys the lives of some of the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing chil­dren. “We wel­come the rise in re­fer­rals as it shows more po­ten­tial vic­tims are be­ing iden­ti­fied and have the con­fi­dence to come for­ward.”

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