Did you know men, women & children are being tricked and trafficked everyday right here in the UK? Modern slavery – if we do nothing, nothing will change!
Medaille Trust combats modern slavery by: offering safe housing, providing support for victims, raising awareness in communities and partnering with law enforcement authorities.
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is a serious crime against humanity. It incorporates different forms of slavery including, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, organ harvesting, forced labour and forced criminal activity.
Victims of modern slavery often face more than one type of abuse, exploitation and slavery before they are rescued. In simple terms, a person is trafficked if they are brought to (or moved around) a country by others who threaten, frighten, hurt and force them to do work or other things they don’t want to.
Is there a problem in the U.K?
The U.K Government estimates that there are tens of thousands of people in slavery in Britain today:
- In 2017, over 5,000 people were referred to British authorities as potential victims of slavery (this had risen by one third from 2016)
- Referrals included victims from 116 countries
- 46% of people were in labour exploitation and 34% were in sexual exploitation.
- Up to 34% of victims of slavery are estimated to be re-trafficked.
- U.K nationals make the biggest group of potential victims exploited within the U.K.
- It is estimated that, today, there are over 40 million people living in modern slavery!
Who are Medaille Trust?
Since 2006, the Medaille Trust has become the largest provider of supported accommodation to victims of modern slavery in the U.K.
Founded in 2006 by a group of Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests, the charity has been driven forward by our Life President Sister Ann Teresa SSJA.
Specialising in developing support plans and providing needs-led support, our safe houses are located throughout the U.K (three of which are in the South East area) and aim to empower our clients as they recover.
Our main priorities are helping our clients gain confidence and the ability to move on to a positive chapter in their lives – free from exploitation and slavery. Recognising that every individual has their own set of experiences and circumstances, they are taken on a supportive journey which encourages a life of independence.
We are devoted to helping victims feel safe, informed and supported by:
- Providing safe accommodation
- Enabling access to health services and counselling
- Offering emotional support
- Providing financial and practical support
- Liaising with law enforcement
- Assistance with obtaining new identification documents
- Integration into the community or a safe and supported repatriation
How can you help — volunteering
- Become informed, spot the signs and know how to report it
- Pray for victims and staff
- Sign-up to receive regular information (our magazine)
- Volunteer to help us raise funds (through your parish, group or work organisation) so that we can continue to provide the best possible support to victims of modern slavery
- Follow us on social media @medailletrust
- Book a representative for a talk on modern slavery
- Express interest in becoming an Ambassador for Medaille Trust (through advocating the work of the charity and giving out our leaflets at your parish/parish groups/work organisation)
- For any other type of volunteering/help that you feel you may be able to offer, please email: [email protected]
In an exciting new venture The Medaille Trust is partnering with Redemptorist Publishing to produce a book entitled Contemporary Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery in the UK. The authors are Sharon Benning Prince & Mike Emberson.
Sharon is a corporate and private equity lawyer who now additionally works on supply chains and modern slavery legal matters. She further sits as a Trustee for the Medaille Trust and Talitha Arts. She also provides pro bono assistance to the International Justice Mission and the Arise Foundation and is passionate about the empowerment of, and raising awareness for, voiceless women and children.
Mike Emberson has been involved in anti-trafficking work since 2003 and is, of course, our previous CEO. The book is dedicated to all those victims of human trafficking and modern slavery who remain to be rescued, to Sister Ann Teresa of the Order of St Joseph of Annecy (our founder) and the staff of the Medaille Trust.
It is hoped that the reader will gain three benefits from a study of the book:
- Have a greater understanding of the problem and issues surrounding it.
- Know what is being done to counter it.
- Know what they can do to assist.
The book describes the horror of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Each year, thousands of victims are brought into the country to be exploited in brothels, on farms and in private homes. This worldwide trade is estimated to enslave millions of people and earn, the perpetrators of the crime, billions of pounds. This book details the part the UK plays in this vile trade. Illustrated by real-life case studies and informed by the authors’ many years of work in this field, the shocking details of this human rights abuse are laid bare. Available now.