[United Kingdom] Child labour exploitation referrals surge 63%, figures show

24 May 2017
The Independent UK

The number of youth suspected of being victimized by labor exploitative practices in the United Kingdom has increased by more than 60% over the past year, according to the Independent, which cites the figures of a government statistical finding. Last year, the United Kingdom witnessed 1,575 referrals to labor exploitation and of these 1,575 referrals, 1,107 were adults while 468 were youth, which signifies a sharp increase in such cases by 63%. Furthermore, from 2015 to 2016,  there was a 33% increase in labor misuse referrals to the National Referral Mechanism, according to the article, which makes use of the information pertaining to the National Crime Agency. Further complicating this issue, is the lack of oversight in such cases, ultimately exacerbating the vulnerability for many youth to be exploited in their workplace or by others. As as result of the lack of government intervention and involvement in these cases, the probability of impoverishment, addiction, and abuse on part of the youth victim intensifies. The Independent states that it is approximated that there are currently 10,000 to 13,000 individuals victimized by such exploitation in the United Kingdom. 

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