Britain has aided the return of dozens of slaves to trafficking hotspots including Albania and Nigeria

Britain has sent home or aided the return of dozens of slaves to trafficking hotspots including Albania, Nigeria and Vietnam in recent years, raising concerns that this may put people at risk of being re-trafficked due to a lack of support in their home countries.

The government subjected 36 victims to “enforced returns” between 2014 and 2018, according to Home Office (interior ministry) data obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation under Britain’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Another 41 ex-slaves were found to have undergone “voluntary returns” in this period although activists said they likely saw no other choice without the right to remain in Britain.

Anti-slavery charities said these numbers could be just the tip of the iceberg as it did not include people returned before their case was decided or after a claim was denied, or anyone exploited who did not come forward due to fear of reprisals.

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