Modern Day Slavery

 “I was trafficked as a 5-year-old child. After 10 years as a slave, I can now start to rebuild my life.”

Gita

Gita was trafficked into the UK and forced to work from the age of 5 years old. She was kept as an unpaid maid and was routinely abused. Aged 15, she managed to escape. Without money, language skills, or an understanding of normal life in the UK, she lived on the streets before being placed in care. With the help of her local Law Centre, she applied for refugee status and was properly recognised as a victim of trafficking. She is now beginning to build a new life.

Joy came to an advice centre heavily pregnant and homeless. She had been trafficked to the UK when she was 16 years old, and ten years later, her captor died leaving her on the streets with no documents to show for the years she had spent in the country. The centre helpeed gather the relevant documents for her, and she started attending their group for migrant mums. They were able to accommodate her in one of the houses that they manage and later helped her to move to stable accommodation.

“My caseworker improved my life a lot. After ten years struggling everything changed when I met her. Now I’ve started college. I’m not homeless anymore. I have a house with two bedrooms. Am I happy? Of course! – I am too much happy!”

Joy

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