Migrant Help UK assisted with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Hidden Rights film on the labour exploitation of migrant workers.
The number of potential victims referred in to the National Referral Mechanism in the UK rose to 3,266 last year, a 40 per cent increase on 2014. There were 53 referrals in Northern Ireland and more than half were victims of labour exploitation.
Roger McVicker, Migrant Help UK’s Victims of Slavery Support Team Leader, said: “The hard facts are that in the 21st century, while slavery may have been abolished, it certainly hasn’t been eradicated.
“Migrant Help UK is unique in that it is the only NGO supporting adult victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. One of our strengths is that we treat our clients as individuals. We focus on achievable outcomes that assist clients in living independent lives within the UK or organise repatriation to their home countries if that is what they want. We are also engaged in raising awareness of human trafficking and training is an essential part of our work.
“Seeing clients recover from their ordeals and move on in their lives is probably the most rewarding part of my job.”