The Modern Slavery Coordination Unit (MSCU) was established in March 2015. Prior to this time the knowledge and extent of modern slavery within Greater Manchester was largely unknown. As a result, one of the focuses of the Unit is to identify what modern slavery looks like within Greater Manchester and capture some key statistics to help track how things change over time and develop our understanding of this complex and evolving issue. The aim of this section is to provide an insight to professionals and the public. Feel free to use the contact section if you have any questions or suggestions as to what is provided here.
A trend that can be clearly identified from the figures is that numbers are increasing year on year in relation to modern slavery in Greater Manchester. However care should be taken when making sense of figures and what they tell us. This does not necessarily mean that modern slavery is increasing in Greater Manchester, indeed professional judgement would suggest that it isn't. A more plausible explanation is that as we understand modern slavery more and raise awareness both professionally and within the community our detection of modern slavery will improve and so numbers of cases will increase whilst this happens.
Prior to Modern Slavery Coordination Unit (MSCU)
Correct to 21/07/2020
The NRM and DTN is the official nationally recognised system for identifying a victim of modern slavery. The figures before includes all referrals made by either the police or other first responders for victims of modern slavery in the Manchester area (excluding UKVI NRMs for exploitation outside of Manchester)
Correct to 21/07/2020
Below you will find some end of year comparisons for Greater Manchester based on our official figures. Before this however I would like to direct you to a recent piece of work by one of our Challenger partners, Justice & Care. Justice & Care are a charity that help rescue victims of modern slavery and trafficking. Their newly published report suggests that the official numbers of modern slavery victims in the UK may be significantly higher than what has currently been identified! This is a very interesting read and highlights just how far we still need to go to understand the complexities of victims of modern slavery and trafficking in the UK today. Click the link below to find out more!