Facts and Figures

  • The Home Office estimates that there are up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK.
  • In 2016, 3,805 potential victims came forward to seek help through the National Referral Mechanism. This represents a 17% increase on 2015 figures
  • 51% were female, 48% were male
  • 66% were in the adult exploitation category, 34% were minors
  • The top 5 countries of origin for these victims in 2016 were Albania (699), Vietnam (519), the United Kingdom (326), Nigeria (243), and China (241).
  • Of these top 5 countries of origin, the United Kingdom showed the biggest increase when comparing 2016 with 2015 (70%)
  • Of the 3,805 referrals, the most common type was labour exploitation, which also includes criminal exploitation.