It was revealed in a report published last week by The Salvation Army that, for the first year, China became the third most common country of origin for victims of modern slavery who entered the church and charity’s support service. In the last five years there has been a 430% increase in Chinese nationals entering the service.
Major Kathy Betteridge, Director of Anti Trafficking & Modern Slavery said,
“We are extremely saddened but unfortunately not surprised by the events in Essex. As police continue to establish the true nature of the situation this is a shocking reminder that lives are lost at the hands of perpetrators buying, transporting and selling people for their own gain. The exploitation of people in modern slavery is an horrific crime.
“Often the most vulnerable people in society are targeted and The Salvation Army urges the public to be vigilant – help is available for those who need it. If you think you are a victim or come into contact with someone you suspect may be a victim of slavery please contact our 24/7 confidential referral line on 0300 303 8151. If there is immediate danger contact the police.”