The fully digitised system will simplify the process that first responders - including police officers, social workers or immigration officials - follow when referring victims of modern slavery
to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).
Roy McComb, deputy director of the NCA, said: "The increase is undoubtedly the result of greater awareness, understanding and reporting of modern slavery
and that is something to be welcomed.
Police arrested a man aged 47 on suspicion of modern slavery
Yvonne Hall, Managing Director of Palm Cove Society, said: "I am delighted that the eradication of modern slavery
continues to be one of the PCC's priorities.
Councillor Davies said: "Modern slavery
is real and happening in our communities in Sandwell.
The legislation has "definitely helped" address the issue of modern slavery
in Britain, says Stanton.
The work was also supported by the Romanian Embassy in London as well as numerous charities and organisations supporting victims of modern slavery
, including the Salvation Army and Medaille Trust.
"We have a close and positive relationship with recruitment agencies and private industry helping them to raise their awareness of modern slavery
and spotting the signs of exploitation."
victims can be any gender, nationality or age, victims can be hard to spot, they could be kept in properties or forced to work," he said.
New statistics published by the National Crime Agency show an alarming rise in the number of modern slavery
cases inReading, Berkshire and the rest of the Thames Valley.
The annual figures come from the number of cases submitted under the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), used to identify instances of modern slavery