The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie and a small team in January 2012.
Sophie is a British girl who was trafficked out from the UK across to Italy by a close friend, for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Her story breaks stereotypes and preconceptions to show a reality: this could happen to anyone. Sophie could be your sister; your daughter; your friend. Sophie could be you.
Through the support of family, friends, the police and charities, Sophie successfully rebuilt her life and overcame her trauma. She wrote about her story in the book ‘Trafficked’ and used some of the proceeds to set up the Sophie Hayes Foundation, a charity focused on providing support to survivors to help them rebuild their lives
“Just a few years ago everything changed. I was trafficked. I was fooled. I was deceived by a man who said that he loved me. The tragedy is that I believed him. Now I know that love is not shown by forcing me to work on the streets, beating me up, force feeding me and turning me into someone with no mind of my own. For people like him my life meant nothing, I was a product and a vehicle to make money, but I am a survivor.
Since my ordeal I have been determined to turn the experience into a positive one, everyone deserves freedom and their basic human rights, and although he stole my freedom, I am determined to do everything in my power to make a difference and share a story of Hope to others.”
Sophie Hayes – Founder
Sophie’s story of her journey into exploitation has been depicted in this short film, using the actual words her trafficker used:
Since 2012, we have worked to support survivors in a meaningful way, empowering survivors of trafficking to build hope-filled futures. Find out more here how we do that.
Sophie Hayes Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales, registered number 7886303.
4 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QW
Charity registered in England & Wales. Charity Number 1145176.