THE SOPHIE HAYES FOUNDATION FOUNDED IN 2011
Sophie is a British girl. She was trafficked from the UK to Italy by a close friend and for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Her story breaks stereotypes and preconceptions to show a startling reality: This could happen to anyone! Sophie could be your sister, your daughter, your friend, your neighbour.
SOPHIE COULD BE YOU!
Through the support of family, friends, the police and charities, Sophie successfully rebuilt her life and overcame her trauma. She shared her story in the book ‘Trafficked’ and used some of the proceeds to set up the Sophie Hayes Foundation; a charity focused on providing key support to survivors to help them start their lives again.
“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.