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2018 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery

This report provides an overview of modern slavery in the UK and explains how the UK has responded to this threat over the last 12 months.

Total direct Government spend on modern slavery has increased year-on-year, estimated at around £39 million in 2017/18 and £61 million in 2018/191. The growth in spending is largely driven by an increase in the UK’s international activity, using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding. These spending figures also include the costs of: the adult Victim Care Contract; running the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) decision-making process; reforms to the NRM; the Modern Slavery Unit in the Home Office; the Independent Anti- Slavery Commissioner’s budget; the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates in early adopter sites; the Child Trafficking Protection Fund; and the Police Transformation Funding dedicated to modern slavery.