Victims of modern slavery in the UK

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Headline data

Source: Home Office - National Referral Mechanism

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Number


1. These data refer to age at referral, as opposed to age at exploitation. Therefore, overall totals may differ from previously published data tables on age at exploitation. This aligns with data published by the Home Office.

2. The National Referral Mechanism was introduced on 1st April 2009 and therefore the year ending December 2009 does not contain a whole years' worth of data.

3. Trends in the data may not reflect underlying changes in prevalence and may be related to changes in awareness and identification of potential victims.

4. Data in the graph and accompanying table is reported to 3 significant figures, with the true values available via the "Download Source CSV" option below.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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