Black Country Women’s Aid has been supporting victims of modern slavery since 2011, alongside national partner and commissioner The Salvation Army. Since 2011 we have supported 587 women and men of over 30 different nationalities, which is a sad testimony to the large scale and global reach of this appalling crime. Most of the women we support through the service have been trafficked into sexual exploitation and forced prostitution. Often they have been groomed by a ‘boyfriend’ or lured with the promise of a legitimate job and a better life, only to find their trust and hopes broken.

Two of these women, “Hannah” and “Promise”, have bravely chosen to tell their stories to the media. They hope to raise awareness of the appalling crime of modern slavery, and to show victims that there is a way out.  Both women escaped their traffickers and are now rebuilding their lives with the support of our Modern Slavery Services.

Hannah’s story

Hannah talked to the Evening Standard and Independent, and you can read her story below:

The Evening Standard: Modern slavery victim tells harrowing tale as figures reveal almost half of those abused are sexually exploited

The Independent: Slaves on our Streets: Woman kidnapped by boyfriend and forced into sex work in London shares her story

 

Promise’s story

Promise was interviewed by Unilad’s documentary team, and her story was made into a short awareness film which you can view below and read more here.

You can visit our Modern Slavery Support Services page to find out more about the support we offer to victims.