The issue of modern slavery in London is acute, unique and needs a focussed response. there is no typical victim of modern slavery and victims may be men, women and, even children. Traffickers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Victims may be sexually exploited, forced to work for little or no pay or forced to commit criminal activities against their will. Victims are often pressured into debt bondage and are likely to be fearful of those who exploit them. Captors will often threaten and abuse their victims and their families. All of these factors make it very difficult for them to escape.

The government estimates that there are over 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK. of the total number of victims in 2016, 34% of them were children.

In 2016, 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery in England were supported by Hestia. 

Underground Lives: The Reality if Modern Slavery in London

20 November 2017: Hestia’s new report reveals the true face of modern slavery in London. Underground Lives: The Reality of Modern Slavery in London’ draws on data from 624 victims of modern slavery. The report, which surveyed the experiences of everyone that Hestia worked with in 2016 revealed:

  • Two thirds of all victims were forced into prostitution (v. almost half nationally)
  • 81% of victims in London are female (v. national average 51%)
  • 91% of victims presented mental health symptoms ranging from suicidal thoughts, PTSD, anxiety and depression
  • 54% of victims had thought about harming themselves.

Read the press release here

Download the full report here