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Human trafficking gets life term in drive on slavery (UK)
Author: Tom Symonds, BBC News UK, Published on: 18 October 2013
A maximum life sentence for the worst cases of human trafficking and exploitation is to be introduced...The number of cases discovered in the UK has risen by 25% in the last year, according to government figures. Trafficking from Albania, Poland and Lithuania has seen a big rise. Ministers are planning new legislation to simplify the law on slavery, and make it easier to bring prosecutions. Victims are often targeted for sexual exploitation, construction work or begging gangs. A new report by the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking has revealed that 1,186 victims were referred to the authorities in 2012, compared with 946 victims in 2011.