The Realities of Modern Slavery in London: Bohai’s Story

For over three years, Hestia service user Bohai* was imprisoned by his traffickers, forced to work and subjected to horrific torture.

In the light of recent investigations into Modern Slavery, Bohai *shares his experience of being trafficked from China and forced into forced labour.

Hestia’s work supporting victims of Modern Slavery

There are an estimated 13,000 victims of Modern Slavery across the UK, however due to fear of discovery and the nature of Modern Slavery this number is thought to be much higher. There is no typical victim of human trafficking. At Hestia we support men, women and transgender victims and support over 300 children as their dependencies. While no individual case is identical, we see that traffickers coerce, deceive and force thousands of individuals every year against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Last year, Hestia supported over 600 victims of Modern Slavery to recover from the trauma of trafficking and to support them to build a new life for themselves. Working across our 5 safe houses and pan-London outreach team, our specialist advocates support victims of modern slavery to achieve the life they desire – the one that was so brutally taken from them by their traffickers. Our support includes accessing healthcare and counselling, helping them find secure housing and returning to education and employment.

Find out more about our work supporting victims of Modern Slavery HERE.

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Support Hestia: Help us support children who have fled domestic abuse

This November Hestia’s CEO Patrick Ryan will be cycling over 300km through Vietnam to raise money for children living in our Domestic Abuse refuges across London.

To find out more and donate visit Patrick’s JustGiving Page here.

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The Salvation Army’s confidential Referral Helpline 0300 3038151 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone who considers they might be a victim of modern slavery and in need of assistance or if you come into contact with someone you suspect may be a victim of modern slavery and in need of assistance..