Survivors of modern slavery forced to commit crimes up 60% in a year, charity says

The Salvation Army believes the economic and mental health impact of the pandemic could be to blame for the significant rise in the number of people targeted by criminals looking for 'slaves'

10/23/2021 2:10:00 PM

The Salvation Army believes the economic and mental health impact of the pandemic could be to blame for the significant rise in the number of people targeted by criminals looking for 'slaves'

The Salvation Army says it helped 2,662 survivors of slavery in England and Wales in the past year, with hundreds forced to commit crimes like growing or dealing drugs, begging and shoplifting.

"It's difficult to say that I was a slave," says"Dan"."It's terrible, it feels terrible."The man began by buying him meals and giving him cash, but suddenly announced that"Dan" owed him £50,000 and would have to start doing everything he told him to.

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Image:'Dan' says he was told he owed someone £50,000. Pic: Salvation Army"He was taking money off me all time," he said."It was never ending. He beat me."He threatened my mother, something no man or woman wants to hear.

"He made me sell drugs. It got so bad that I tried to commit suicide."The ordeal only ended when"Dan" got arrested and police quickly figured out that he was a victim of modern day slavery and released him.The pandemic may have changed circumstances for many people, but it seems criminal gangs have used it as an opportunity to keep making money out of other people's misery. headtopics.com

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