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There has been an increase in modern slavery cases being reported in Scotland. There were 213 cases in 2017, a 42% increase on the previous year. 30% of the cases reported involved children, and the biggest increase has been in cases of labour exploitation. Scotland introduced a new national strategy on modern slavery last year, the government believes the implementation of the new strategy, as well as better public awareness, has led to the rise in cases being reported.
Two Romanian men living in Northern Ireland have been convicted on a number of human trafficking offences, including conspiracy to traffic for sexual exploitation. The two men are believed to be part of a UK-wide trafficking gang. 32 victims were found over the course of the investigation.
Ahead of a meeting of her Modern Slavery Taskforce, Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated her belief that internet firms like Google and Facebook need to be doing more to stop perpetrators of modern slavery using their services to enable their crimes. During her taskforce meeting she would have heard from the National Crime Agency who are investigating how traffickers use technology and how they could be disrupted.
Our Lent #GiveUpSlavery challenge continues this week with an investigation into our clothes - who made them and what conditions did they work under? As we buy more and more 'fast fashion' made overseas by unseen hands, do we know the True Cost of our clothing? Find out more and sign up to the challenge below.