Derby in England where a number of people trafficking victims have been found. Photo by iStock.

Some Vietnamese were among the 53 human trafficking victims rescued in Derbyshire, England, in 2017, according to a report published by the Derbyshire County Council.

A total of 53 people, including 21 minors, were illegally trafficked into the United Kingdom for illicit purposes, Belper News reported, citing the report, which was discussed in a scrutiny committee.

The report said the “modern slaves” were forced to do jobs such as prostitution, nail bar work, packing in factories, domestic care, car washing and drugs production.

The victims came from Eastern Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia from countries such as Latvia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, India, Nepal, China and Vietnam.

A large number of those working in drug production – cannabis farming specifically – were from Vietnam, Derby Telegraph reported.

Criminal groups usually made victims believe they were better off in their situation than in their home countries, which could hinder their cooperation with investigators, said Liz Partington, the council’s emergency planning manager.

The Derbyshire County council has set up a reception centre to serve as a safe place where the victims can be rehabilitated while authorities continued their investigations, said Christine Flinton, head of community safety at the council.

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