You may not be aware of the links between modern slavery and homelessness. It is a two-way link: people who are homeless are at risk of being exploited and victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are at risk of becoming homeless if they do not receive support and have nowhere to go after leaving safe houses.
Human trafficking involves the movement of a person from one place to another into conditions of exploitation. This can include labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, among others.
Trafficking is a risk for people who are homeless, insecurely housed or otherwise vulnerable. People may become homeless after escaping exploitation, or be targeted by traffickers while using homelessness services.
Trafficking does not just refer to a person being taken across country borders and can also refer to people being trafficked between places within the UK.
National Crime Agency figures show that the number of people referred to the authorities as potential victims of modern slavery in saw a 36 percent rise in 2018 compared to 2017 figures.
UK nationals make up the biggest group of potential victims of human trafficking in the UK, according to Anti-Slavery International. Other common countries of origin of victims include Albania, Vietnam, Romania and Poland.