The Home Office has published Modern Slavery National Referral Statistics for the first quarter of 2020.
In quarter 1 2020, 2,871 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the NRM, this is a 14% decrease from the previous quarter (although a 33% increase from the same quarter in 2019). This is the 1st quarter-on-quarter decrease since the 3rd quarter of 2016. The decrease in this quarter is thought to be as a result of the restrictions as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Labour exploitation was the most common exploitation type for adult potential victims, whilst criminal exploitation was most commonly reported for child potential victims.