‘County-lines gangs fuelling’ child slavery rise

There has been an eightfold increase in the number of child victims of modern slavery referred by local councils in England for support.

National Crime Agency figures reveal the number of children earmarked for help grew from 127 in 2014 to 1,152 last year – an increase of 807%.

Town hall bosses say the increase has been fuelled by the growing of issue “county-lines” drug gangs.

Councils receive no specific funding for supporting such victims.

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