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Modern Slavery: National Referral Mechanism statistics from April to June 2021.

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Key results

  • 3,140 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the Home Office in the second quarter of 2021, representing a 7% increase compared to the preceding quarter (2,942) and a 42% increase from quarter 2 in 2020 (2,204).
  • the number of referrals received this quarter is the second highest since the NRM began in 2009 (the highest number was 3,343 in quarter 4 2019)
  • 77% (2,421) were male and 23% (717) were female
  • 61% (1,912) of potential victims claimed exploitation in the UK only and 28% (882) claimed exploitation overseas only
  • 50% (1,564) of referrals were for potential victims who claimed exploitation as adults and 43% (1,357) claimed exploitation as children
  • for adult potential victims, labour exploitation was most commonly reported (32%; 501), whereas child potential victims were most often referred for criminal exploitation (49%; 662)
  • the most common nationalities referred this quarter were UK, Albanian and Vietnamese
  • the Single Competent Authority (SCA) made 3,086 reasonable grounds and 500 conclusive grounds decisions in this quarter; of these, 89% of reasonable grounds and 88% of conclusive grounds decisions were positive
  • the Home Office received 910 reports of adult potential victims via the DtN process, the highest quarterly figure recorded

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