Lancashire human trafficking victim ‘smuggled at gunpoint’

Media captionTrafficking victim ‘smuggled at gunpoint’

A boy who was threatened with a gun by human traffickers bringing him from Vietnam to the UK said he was scared he would be shot if he ran away.

The 15-year-old is one of nearly 300 people identified by the National Crime Agency as potential trafficking victims in north-west England last year.

Lancashire Police believe the boy, named only as Sang, was to be used as a modern slave on a cannabis farm.

Despite his fears, he did escape and is now in foster care.

‘Greater awareness’

Two hundred and ninety two people were identified as potential trafficking victims in the North West in 2018, compared with 42 in 2014.

Across the UK, 7,000 potential victims were identified in 2018, compared with 2,340 in 2014.

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