'' The Office won'' t aid my customer, a victim of contemporary slavery. She weeps''.

October 28, 2019 by erfa5t8


I work for a charity supporting victims of modern-day slavery in London. My week begins with a see to Tina, who resides in one of our safe houses. Tina matured in poverty in Asia and wanted to supply a better life for her household, which led to her accepting a job in the UK. She used to prepare and clean for a household for 12 hours a day, for no pay. She was also sexually abused by her employer. She’s stressed and misses her household. I wish to offer her a hug, however I understand it can’t fix things.

Another client, Carol, has invested months consistently revealing her experiences of sexual assault in Nigeria to UK authorities. Today she got news that the Home Office has actually not recognised her as a victim of modern slavery. She starts to sob, and I can see the devastation on her face. Every time she had to retell this story, she was reminded of her terrible childhood. Now she feels as if no one believes her.

I entrust a broken heart after assuring her that we’ll speak soon so we can collaborate to move her on from service, as she no longer gets approved for help. I’ll submit an extension request so I can ensure she has everything she needs. Depending on the result of her asylum claim, she may be deported. I’m frightened for her.

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Tuesday Today I meet a young Vietnamese client who was trafficked for labour and criminal exploitation in the UK. He struggles to feed himself and purchase fundamentals in London on the ₤ 35 a week that survivors in the National Referral System receive.

He formerly informed me he was self-harming and having suicidal ideas, so I referred him to counselling. He says the sessions are assisting, and I feel proud that he is now comfy talking with me about his experience of slavery.

After this conference I head back to the workplace and join a teleconference with my associates. We discuss an Albanian female who we fear is being retrafficked. The meeting overruns and I am tired. My head spins as I rest on the train home.

Wednesday I participate in an appointment where a mum is living in a single leased room with her three kids who are all under 3. There perspires all over the walls and the windows are single-glazed. The room is so cold.

Nora informs me about working as a rural labourer in Albania, and then escaping domestic servitude. She got away to the UK via Italy and contemplated suicide many times. Nora says she hasn’t slept well because her kids were born, and I want I could provide her some reprieve. On days like this I feel helpless.

Thursday I go to a client’s accommodation where she has a newborn baby. Mary is from Nigeria but was trafficked for sexual exploitation to various European nations. The female who ran the trafficking ring would take all her money and treat her very terribly, so it was tough to develop trust with her at first– she was extremely careful of new individuals, specifically ladies.

Friday Trey has actually just been granted refugee status. He has PTSD and depression following his trafficking from Vietnam to the UK, where he was required to grow marijuana. He now deserves to remain here for 5 years and is filled with brand-new hope of reuniting with his partner and kids. He desires a task so that he can generate income and pay taxes in the UK, so I book a consultation for him to go to the task centre. Things are looking favorable. It’s in these moments that I love my task.

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