Some 180 frontline public sector staff in London have attended training sessions over the past two months designed to show them how to pick up clues. They will be expected to return to their organisations and train colleagues — including A&E receptionists and police first responders. There are common health concerns experienced by trafficked people, in particular in maternity units, yet staff reported feeling ill-equipped to help.

About 1,000 cases of suspected modern slavery were referred to the Metropolitan Police last year. The number is expected to rise in 2017.  More than half of the referrals, 53%, were about cases of suspected sexual exploitation.  32% were about labour exploitation and 9% were of suspected domestic servitude.

It is estimated that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK. Almost half of these are found in London and the Home Counties.

The NHS, Met and London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services co-ordinated the training.

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