Modern slavery on rise in Britain, migrants fleeing conflict vulnerable
Ruthless exploitation of migrants by rogue firms is on the rise in Britain due to increasing demand for cheap produce, economic instability abroad and continued unrest in war-ravaged nations.
Anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland, who has witnessed grievous exploitation in multiple sectors, said cases of modern slavery in Britain are “extremely shocking.”
Speaking on Thursday, the ex-Scotland Yard detective said modern slavery commonly occurs in food-producing, hospitality and construction sectors across the state.
“We’re having to get society engaged to understand this — that this is happening in the 21st century of the United Kingdom,”he told the Financial Times.
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