Armed police officers stand on duty in central Manchester, Britain, May 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
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Britain has been regarded as a leader in the fight against human trafficking since passing the Modern Slavery Act in 2015 to tackle a crime affecting some 40 million people worldwide.The Home Office said on its website that asylum seekers usually get a decision on their applications within six months.By the end of 2017, more than 14,000 asylum cases were awaiting a decision, a 25 percent increase on the previous year, the charity Refugee Action said in a study that described the asylum system as "hostile".Through Britain's National Referral Mechanism (NRM), people who say they have been enslaved receive counselling, housing and legal aid while the government decides whether to recognize them as victims.Once identified, they can apply for asylum but they are not allowed to work while awaiting a decision, relying instead on a weekly government stipend of about 37 pounds ($49).Ehsan, who was trafficked to Britain from Iran, was granted asylum in 2017 after waiting two and a half years.
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