Slavery in the UK is widespread but new laws will help to eradicate it, the home secretary has said.
Originally published November 24, 2013
Following claims that three women were held for 30 years, Theresa May said figures show the numbers of victims in the UK was up by 25% in the past year.
She told the Sunday Telegraph she had made tackling "this abhorrent crime" a "personal priority".
She outlined plans to strengthen anti-slavery laws and appoint a commissioner to hold relevant agencies to account.
Her comments come after three women were rescued last month from a house in south London having allegedly been held as slaves for at least 30 years.
One of the women, a 30-year-old, is thought to have never lived independently.
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