We are very proud to have survivors of modern slavery showcasing their reflections on exploitation in the UK, accompanied by an original piece of artwork by Rosie Prince. Community members are invited to respond to the exhibition by expressing their personal Notes of Hope, which we will distribute to survivors of trafficking around the world.
The exhibition launched on 18th October to mark Anti Slavery day.
Over the past year we have been speaking with survivors, aftercare providers and other organisations involved in fighting human trafficking and slavery to get a better idea of some of the obstacles faced by all. We have put all of our findings into a report Becoming Hope: Stories, Reflections and Recommendations about Trafficking and Slavery Aftercare in the UK.
We hear first hand accounts of survivors and their experience of life after slavery.
“one day, though, after a long wait and lots of preparation, I made my way to freedom. I didn’t know, however, that it would be out of the frying pan into the fire” – Natalie, survivor.
We really encourage the report to be used for educational purposes, as a reference or as part of your own research. We hope that it will unite organisations and individuals alike to give hope to survivors of human trafficking and slavery #BecomingHope
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?”
#SeeHope #SpeakHope #BeHope – because this is a conversation worth having