In quarter 1 2020 (1 January to 31 March 2020), 2,871 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the NRM; a 14% decrease from the previous quarter, but a 33% increase from the same quarter in 2019.
Of the 2,871 potential victims, 61% (1,737) claimed to have been exploited in the UK only, whilst a quarter (755) claimed the exploitation took place overseas only.
Just over half (52%) of the referrals were for individuals who claimed they were exploited as adults, with the remainder claiming they were exploited as children (43%) or their age at exploitation was unknown (5%).
Labour exploitation was the most common exploitation type for adult potential victims, whilst criminal exploitation was most commonly reported for child potential victims.
Potential victims from the UK, Albania and Vietnam were the three most common nationalities to be referred to the NRM, as in the previous quarter.
Overall, of the 2,871 potential victims referred this quarter, 72% (2,063) were male and 28% (793) were female. For adult potential victims, 68% (1,009) were male and 32% (477) were female, whilst for child potential victims, 76% (944) were male and 23% (285) were female.