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UK Government to Take on Modern Slavery in 2017

© AFP 2021 / Justin TallisA pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016.
A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The UK government has earmarked $49 million for a crackdown on modern slavery in the country in 2017, British media reported Wednesday.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, following a meeting with his National Security Council to get updates on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida and review efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) There are some 13,000 victims of sexual and criminal exploitation, forced labor and domestic servitude in the United Kingdom, Sky News reported. The National Crime Agency estimates that over 25 percent of them are children.

The Immigration Enforcement Agency’s assistant director Andy Radcliffe said police had recently raided cash-rich businesses, slapping fines on six dozen of them for employing foreigners illegally. He said many slaves toiled at nail bars.

According to the outlet, businesses where immigrants work illegally face more raids and fines of up to $25,000 for each trafficked worker, while people smugglers can land in jail.

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