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Dozens of suspected slaves have been rescued in a week-long crackdown on illegal drug gangs across Britain that uncovered hundreds of vulnerable children, officials said Tuesday.More than 30 suspected slaves were offered help under the government's National Referral Mechanism and 519 adults and 364 children at risk of exploitation by drug gangs were protected, for example via court orders, in this week's crackdown."This is clearly a big problem and it's good that it has started to be taken seriously," Jakub Sobik from Anti-Slavery International told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.He said that more work needed to be done to ensure that young people snared by drug gangs were consistently treated as victims and not as criminals.
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