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Monday, January 22, 2018

Victims of slavery deserve support. FREEDOM UNITED.


Dear David,

Maya’s survivor story, having endured years of trafficking for sexual exploitation in England, shows the importance of adequate support to ensure effective rehabilitation. Maya’s experience was not easy, but if guaranteed long-term support was set out in law in England and Wales, then recovery would not be the lottery it is today.

... back the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill.[1]

Lord McColl has introduced a Bill in the House of Lords which would ensure that victims like Maya will receive a support worker and a care plan for 12 months immediately following their formal recognition as a victim. This would help them make that journey to survivor and a life that is free for good.

The Bill will shortly be moving through the parliamentary system from the House of Lords to the House of Commons and there is a risk to the Bill if it does not have the support of government and MPs. That’s why we are working with the Free For Good coalition to show that this legislation is crucial if the UK is to be a leader in fighting modern slavery.

...the campaign for guaranteed victim care in the UK.

Maya says "nobody should ever become a victim of trafficking, I should never have been trafficked for those many years undetected. I was not only a child but I was a child in a school. A child with a GP, a child with foster parents and social workers, all which failed throughout seven years to identify that I was being tricked, controlled, tortured and sold every day."

"I spent years accepting that what my life had become couldn't and wouldn't ever change. It was impossible for me to speak out and nobody around me took any notice of the signs right in front of them."

Maya was fortunate to find The Snowdrop Project, who helped change her life drastically. This shouldn’t be about fortune. Victims should not be facing homelessness or destitution and risk being re-trafficked because of their experience of modern slavery.

...long-term support is crucial to prevent re-trafficking.

In solidarity,

Joanna, Miriam and all at Freedom United

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