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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Indians at Risk of Modern Slavery in UK, Reveals Report

The number of Indian nationals recorded as potential victims of modern day slavery in the UK has increased to 140 last year.

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Updated:December 2, 2018, 9:20 AM IST
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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Indians at Risk of Modern Slavery in UK, Reveals Report
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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery | The number of Indian nationals recorded as potential victims of modern day slavery in the UK has increased to 140 last year from 100 in 2016, the official UK government statistics recently revealed.

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM), which records potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, released the data for the year 2017.

The data released by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) in March revealed that of the total figure, 25 were victims of domestic servitude, 90 of labour exploitation, 18 of sexual exploitation, and seven fell under the category of 'unknown exploitation'.

India featured among the top 10 most vulnerable nations, topped by the UK with 819 victims in 2017, followed by Albania (777) and Vietnam (739)

As part of UK government reforms introduced in October 2017, the length of time confirmed victims have access to so-called "move-on" support, such as ongoing accommodation, counselling, expert advice and advocacy, was extended from 14 days to 45 days.

This is in addition to the minimum 45 days of support victims already receive before a final decision on their status is reached, increasing the total period to at least 90 days.

A Thomson Reuters Foundation report in June ranked India the world's most dangerous country for women, followed by war-torn Afghanistan and Syria, due to the high risk of sexual violence.

The survey asked respondents which five of the 193 UN member states they thought were most dangerous for women and which country was worst in terms of healthcare, economic resources, cultural or traditional practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.

Respondents also ranked India the most dangerous country for women in terms of human trafficking, including sex slavery and domestic servitude, and for customary practices such as forced marriage, stoning and female infanticide, the foundation said.
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