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|LONDON Cheap Walt Tkaczuk Jersey , Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday's conviction of nine members of the same family for modern slavery in Britain is just the tip of an iceberg as more information is being pieced together to reveal what is hiding in dark corners behind the gleaming facades of the earliest industrialized country.
The nine people were found guilty for keeping workers in sub-human conditions in East England. One victim, whose ordeal spanned more than 25 years, was made to dig his own grave. They were jailed to a total of 79 years.
The sentencing came in one of the biggest cases of its kind in Britain. The family was described as "chilling in their mercilessness".
When people refer to this kind of crimes as "modern slavery", there is nothing modern about it. It simply indicates a persistent evil which echoed down centuries to London and other parts of the country.
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Latest figures painted a grim picture. There are up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in Britain, according to Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissioner.
In Britain, the number of people identified as slaves is rising every year -- 3 Cheap Ron Duguay Jersey ,805 people were seen as potential victims through the British government's National Referral Mechanism, compared with only 1,186 in 2012.
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According to British anti-slavery charity Unseen, 21 million people globally are thought to be victims of trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.
A cross jurisdiction crime -- just like the trafficking of drugs, it is run by criminal groups that evade prosecution because law enforcement face the obvious challenges brought about by criminals networking across borders either physically or via the internet.
Last year, British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to galvanize international action to stamp out modern slavery when she brought together leaders Cheap Rod Gilbert Jersey , representatives of international organizations and experts in the margins of the UN General Assembly.
The prime minister argued that just as the international community has stepped up international cooperation to crackdown on drugs trafficking and other organized crime, the world needs a similar coordinated effort to eradicate modern slavery.
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