More than 250 possible victims of modern slavery may have been blocked from support in the last year, according to government data. The figures were revealed in response to Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by non-profit group After Exploitation.
They showed that the flagship scheme to deal with modern slavery – the National Referral Mechanism – reconsidered hundreds of decisions in 2020, recognising a large number of re-examined cased as possible or confirmed victims.
The Labour Party described the figures as “shameful”, with shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds saying: “The Conservative government promised to do more to help victims of human trafficking – some of the most vulnerable people on earth – yet this data shows their broken system is completely failing.
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