Open Menu


2017 (Narrative date)

The UK National Crime Agency estimates 3,309 potential victims of human trafficking came into contact with the State or an NGO in 2014. The latest government statistics derived from the UK National Referral Mechanism in 2014 reveal 2,340 potential victims of trafficking from 96 countries of origin, of whom 61 percent were female and 29 percent were children. Of those identified through the NRM, the majority were adults classified as victims of sexual exploitation followed by adults exploited in the domestic service sector and other types of labour exploitation. The largest proportion of victims was from Albania, followed by Nigeria, Vietnam, Romania and Slovakia.

After being rescued from her abusive Aunt by police, "Manisha" was granted positive conclusive grounds (identified as trafficked) and resettled in supported housing in the UK.

I am from Africa. I am now 19. When I was younger my father used to drink all the time and I never knew my mother as she left me when I was a baby.

I was sent to live with my Aunt in the UK who had promised to get me into a school and look after me.

My Aunt paid for me to come to the UK, but didn’t do anything about getting me into a school. Instead I spent my days cooking, cleaning and looking after my Auntie’s own two children. I worked non-stop from 6am to 1am each day. I was beaten most days. Once I was hit so hard in the head I had to have stitches.

Then one day my Aunt tried to drown me in the bath, but I screamed so loud the neighbours heard my cries and called the Police. I was taken away from my Aunt.

I cannot go back home to Africa. I am too scared. My Aunt knows lots of people who would hurt me.

 As told to Unseen