Many campaigns have highlighted human trafficking and exploitation

Many campaigns have highlighted human trafficking and exploitation

In the recent month, reports show that number of human trafficking and people locked in slavery in Britain rose by 22 percent last year.

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) identified 2,744 people, including 602 children, as potential victims of human trafficking in 2013 with more than 40 percent ending up in the sex trade and almost 30 percent forced into manual labour.

The number of victims from Albania, Slovakia and Lithuania increased significantly last year, the NCA said, while the number trafficked from Vietnam and Hungary also rose slightly.

Karen Bradley, who was appointed modern slavery and organised crime minister earlier this year, described modern slavery as an appalling crime that has “no place in today’s society”.

“Yet these figures show it is taking place here – often out of sight – in shops, fields, building sites and behind the curtains of ordinary streets,” Bradley said in a statement as the NCA report was released.

Almost 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or born into servitude, according to rights group Walk Free Foundation that produces the Global Slavery Index.

It estimated that between 4,200 and 4,600 are enslaved in the United Kingdom.