Migrant Help UK backs PM’s pledge to end slavery

posted : 1st August 2016

Migrant Help UK welcomed the Prime Minister’s determination to end modern slavery and said it fully supports her move to establish a government task force to tackle the problem.

As the largest UK-wide charity offering advice and support to vulnerable migrants and trafficked people, Migrant Help UK works towards eliminating modern slavery, forced labour and the exploitation of workers.

Catherine Johnstone, the charity’s CEO, said: “Theresa May highlights a growing scourge on our society and the weight of her words will help our battle against trafficking and modern slavery.”

The number of referrals to Migrant Help UK has risen year on year recently. In Scotland alone, Migrant Help UK saw a 29 per cent increase in referrals last year compared to the previous year.

“We work closely with the police – at home and abroad – the Home Office, community partners and NGOs across the country, as well as Kevin Hyland, the UK’s anti-slavery commissioner,” Mrs Johnstone said.

“Our staff – some of who themselves were victims of slavery or trafficking – are ideally placed to offer expert advice and support to vulnerable people who have been entrapped by these despicable criminals.

“We will be helping to deliver Mrs May’s message at a public exhibition highlighting trafficking and its victims that Migrant Help UK will tour mainline railway stations during October to tie-in with Anti-Slavery Day on October 18.”