The National Crime Agency‘s NRM statistics have been published in their report National Referral Mechanism Statistics covering the year from April 2016 – 2017. Key statistics are as follows:
- 1631 potential victims were submitted to the National Referral Mechanism during the period January to March 2018; an 11% increase from the previous quarter October to December 2017.
- Reporting showed potential victims of trafficking originating from 87 different countries this period.
- Nationals from Albania, the UK and Vietnam remain the most commonly reported, with the United Kingdom being the most referred for the second consecutive quarter.
- The most recorded exploitation type for potential victims exploited as an adult was labour exploitation.
- The most prominent exploitation type recorded for potential victims first exploited as a minor was labour exploitation, which includes criminal exploitation such as cannabis cultivation and County Lines drugs supply.
- One case has been referred this quarter where the potential victim claimed their organs were to be harvested. Whilst no harvesting occurred, the case is under investigation to inform the conclusive grounds decision.
- Over one quarter of referrals received this quarter had no claimed exploitation within the United Kingdom.
- Seven potential victims were referred for crime recording purposes to Northern Ireland, with 53 to both Scotland and Wales. The remaining 1518 were referred to police forces in England.