Anti Slavery Day 2016
For our Anti Slavery Day 2016 Campaign, click on the ‘blog’ section of our website to read some stories about our work with survivors – stories of hope that inspire action!
How a simple conversation and an agreed sentence could save your life:
Setting up a codeword system with her mum saved Sophie when she was forced into a life of prostitution at the hands of someone who told her he loved her. Made to call her mum once a week with her trafficker beside her in order to pretend she was having a wonderful time with someone she loved, there was no way to tell anyone about the desperate situation she was in. Scared for her own life and the lives of her family who her trafficker had threatened to kill if she ever “disrespected” Sophie felt like there would never be an end to her ordeal.
What would you do if you couldn’t tell your loved ones you were in trouble?
Sophie’s mum had told her that if she was ever in trouble but couldn’t talk she should ask her “How is auntie Linda”. When they created this system they never thought they would have to use it but this very sentence would help Sophie to freedom.
Today, we encourage you to have a conversation with your father, mother, brothers, sisters or someone you would trust your life with:
4 steps to peace of mind:
1) Start the conversation with your person
2) Agree a simple and memorable sentence
3) Have peace of mind that if you ever find yourself in a position when you can’t talk but you need help you can use your code system
4) Encourage others to do the same – through conversation, by email, through your social media channels. Share the message, share our images, ask “I’ve got #MyCodeWord – have you got yours?”
Sophie’s Love Story
These are the true words spoken to Sophie Hayes. This love story should never have happened. Help us give hope to survivors of human trafficking.