The BBC has revealed the experience of a Vietnamese boy who was human trafficked into Lancashire.
A 15-year-old boy has spoken of experience being horrible after he was threatened at gunpoint to obey his captors.
Raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking, a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said, ‘The increase in referrals of potential victims of slavery and trafficking is undoubtedly the result of greater awareness, understanding and reporting of modern slavery and that is something to be welcomed.
‘However, it remains likely these figures represent only a snapshot of the true scale of the problem in the UK.’
The National Crime Agency added, ‘these crimes include holding a person in a position of slavery, servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after.
‘Although human trafficking often involves an international cross-border element, it is also possible to be a victim of modern slavery within your own country.’
The boy simply known as ‘Sang’, will appear on BBC North West Tonight at 18:30.
Sang said, ‘I don’t want what happened to me to happen to someone else, because it’s horrible.
‘They just do it for the money. They are just lying to people.
‘I don’t know what happened to the people I was trafficked with’