Helpline re­veals that slav­ery is big worry

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Calls to a mod­ern slav­ery helpline re­vealed 297 po­ten­tial vic­tims in 18 months, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

There were 172 calls and 34 on­line re­ports to the Mod­ern Slav­ery Helpline re­lat­ing to sit­u­a­tions in Scot­land be­tween its launch in Oc­to­ber 2016 and the end of March 2018, the re­port from char­ity Un­seen found.

These in­di­cated 82 cases in­volv­ing 297 po­ten­tial vic­tims (PVs) of traf­fick­ing and ex­ploita­tion in Scot­land, as one case may in­volve sev­eral PVs.

Labour ex­ploita­tion was the most com­mon type of ex­ploita­tion re­ported, com­pris­ing 60.9% of cases.

Al­most a fifth of cases re­lated to sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, which was the sec­ond most preva­lent form.

Car washes and nail bars were the most com­mon lo­ca­tions of mod­ern slav­ery re­ported.

An­drew Wal­lis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Un­seen, which runs the helpline, said: “With cases in 19 out of 33 Scot­tish coun­ties, this re­port un­der­lines that slav­ery is all around us.”

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