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Widening the fight against modern slavery:The time has come to broaden the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. That was the key message from an event to mark the NCA’s ‘Invisible People’ photographic exhibition at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Home Office minister Victoria Atkins MP used her speech at the event to call for support from the public and private sectors.
“We need increased support from financial institutions helping us identify and disrupt illicit financial flows which are used to fund and launder the proceeds of modern slavery,” she said.
“Local authorities and services must also play their part by identifying and safeguarding potential victims at an early stage, so they are resilient to the approaches of those who want to exploit them. They should pass information and intelligence to local policing to feed into the national picture of threat.”
In 2017, as part of a number of weeks of action on modern slavery, UK law enforcement arrested more than 320 suspected offenders and identified more than 560 potential victims.But the public response has also been encouraging, with a 100 percent increase in the number of calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline.Matt Horne, Deputy Director General of the National Crime Agency, told the event that the threat is evolving into online spaces:
“There are now over six hundred active operations targeting those involved in modern slavery and human trafficking. But there is more to do,” he said.

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