Anti-slavery teams to tackle human trafficking at UK airports

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anti-slavery teams to help combat human trafficking at uk airports


New anti-slavery teams will be placed at British airports including Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick to help combat human trafficking.

According to the BBC, the first team will be at Heathrow Airport from 1 April and will work to spot potential victims of slavery.

The scheme will be rolled out to other UK airports and teams will be led by the Border Force.

Evening Standard reports that a National Crime Agency report revealed that human trafficking in the UK rose by 47 per cent last year.

Home Office minister Karen Bradley said: "The role of Border Force officers is vital in identifying and protecting victims and ensuring there is no easy route into the UK for traffickers.

"The new specialist teams will build on existing skills and joint working and extend that expertise around the country."

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