Unchosen’s research has shown that some disadvantaged groups are more likely to be targeted by traffickers or opportunists, and find themselves in situations of forced labour sexual exploitation or forced criminality. If you’re homeless, a refugee or asylum seeker, or a young person in care or a care leaver, these kinds of exploitation are more likely to happen to you.
Unchosen are working to stop slavery in the UK. There’s currently very little information about slavery available to these groups, perhaps because there’s an assumption that for some people, exploitation is inevitable. At Unchosen, we disagree.
So we’ve partnered with organisations across the South West of England on a pilot project – we’re working with local authorities, child safeguarding boards, police forces, and charities large and small, including the Salvation Army and Barnardo’s.
We’re sending out 100 Stay Safe from Slavery toolkits to these partners, full of information for service users and also, crucially, for the frontline workers who support them. At Unchosen, we know that knowledge is powerful and that if all of us know what slavery looks like, we have a chance of stopping it.