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Modern slavery more prevalent than thought


LONDON—Britain's National Crime Agency said human trafficking and modern slavery are much more prevalent than previously thought, and there are 300 active police investigations across the U.K.

Agency official Will Kerr said investigators have found widespread evidence of people as young as 12 being sold for sexual exploitation or forced labour.

He said victims can be found working in car washes, on construction sites, in brothels and at cannabis factories.

Signs of slavery include visible injuries, a distressed appearance and any indication an individual is being controlled by another person.

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