According to figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service, the last year has seen modern day charging offences have risen by 27%. Further figures published show the number of convictions as almost the same as the previous year and down from 2015/16.
This is the first Modern Slavery Report and in it states that in 2017/18, 239 suspects were charged with offences involving allegations of modern slavery or human trafficking.
CPS the police and other agencies have seen a 31% increase in referrals to 355 which has been the highest ever recorded according to the CPS. The increase follows ’a dedicated drive to clamp down on slavery related crime’. However, the number of modern slavery and human trafficking convictions rose only marginally in the year: to 185, from 181 in 2016/17. In 2015/16 it was 192.
Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, said: ’We are working in partnership with police and other partners from the outset to make sure we can build robust cases and deliver justice for victims. These cases are growing in size and complexity – that’s why we have given our prosecutors extensive extra training.’
The CPS said the report highlights efforts to disrupt, prosecute and improve our response to both modern slavery and human trafficking. Reducing the burden on victims and witnesses has been a key part of this training, Saunders said.
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