There are an estimated 136,000 people living on conditions of modern slavery in the United Kingdom (Global Slavery Index 2018). According to the 2017 annual figures provided by the National Crime Agency, 5, 145 potential victims of modern slavery were referred through the National Referral Mechanism in 2017, of whom 2,454 were female, 2688 were male and 3 were transgender, with 41% of all referrals being children at the time of exploitation. People are subjected to slavery in the UK in the form of domestic servitude, labour exploitation, organ harvesting and sexual exploitation, with the largest number of potential victims originating from Albania, China, Vietnam and Nigeria. This data however does not consider the unknown numbers of victims that are not reported.
Sarah B was trafficked to the UK when she 12 years old. Sara was thrown out by her female employer when she was just 14, forced to live on the streets for 9 months. She eventually found help through ECPAT, an international group campaigning against child trafficking.
I wasn’t allowed out. I wasn’t allowed to do anything. I was the one doing all the cleaning and cooking and looking after the children. But I wasn’t even allowed to take the kids to school. I was locked inside the house and there was no way I could open the door.
I was getting beaten by the men. I was smacked and raped. I kept getting raped and they tied me up and did things. I was like a slave and every time I kept bleeding. I kept trying to clean myself up and I kept getting called and she was shouting, asking me to keep cleaning. Even if the house is clean I still have to keep cleaning.
As told to Russia Today.