Drug gangs drive huge rise in UK child slavery cases
27 Mar 2019

Modern slavery cases involving British children doubled in 2018 as criminal gangs exploit and use more young people to deal drugs, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday.

The number of suspected British child slaves referred to the government last year for support rose to 1,421 – from 676 in 2017 – amid rising concern from police about the growing “county lines” drug trade with gangs using children to sell their wares.

About two-thirds of these cases – 987 – were linked to labor exploitation and believed to be drug trafficking, while the others were mostly related to sexual abuse, according to the annual NCA report on modern slavery referrals to the government.

By Kieran Guilbert, Reuters, 20 March 2019

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