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Human trafficking reporting in the US is continuing to increase. In 2016, the charity Polaris registered 8,042 reports of trafficking to its hotline service, up 35% on the previous year. Of these, 7,572 related to cases within the US. Since 2007, when the Polaris-operated National Human Trafficking hotline was set up, a total of 33,680 cases have been reported. Polaris says the rise may relate to an increase in public awareness of the problem and not necessarily greater incidence. Most of the incidences (73%) were for sex trafficking, while 18% were for labour trafficking. Based on testimony data, 62% of those trapped in slavery are adults and 38% are minors. The average age for those falling into sex trafficking in the US is 18 years old, compared to 24 years old for those trafficked for the purposes of labour. The vast majority of trafficking victims in the US are women (82%) and of US nationality (60%).

Meanwhile, as reported in WeeklyWatch last week, new research out from the British Standards Institution (BSI) indicates that the risk of modern day slaves entering the UK has increased in 66% of the 191 countries that BSI tracks. Russia, Slovakia, India...

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