More than 13,000 men and women have been trafficked into Britain and then enslaved to work menial jobs under threat of death. We rescue them
About the project
Lured with promises of a good job, an education, marriage, or money to send to family back home, men and women from poorer nations like Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Thailand, Nigeria or Vietnam (to name a few), fall into the hands of criminal gangs who secure transport for them to the UK (easily with all the discount airlines these days). Upon arrival, their identity is stripped, they're forced into cramped inhumane flats, and made to work menial jobs -- turning over 90% to their captors; often beaten or sexually abused as a means of control. Threats of death if they say anything or go to the police. And threats to family members back home. 60% are women, most of them forced into prostitution or domestic servitude. Men are forced to work in contstuction, agricultural, or food processing industries, and clandestine cannabis farms. They're even brainwashed into believing the police will beat them if they run away. And, these gangs take the stolen papers and identities and fraudulently apply for public benefits.
The Bakhita Initiative was launched by an international consortium led by the Catholic Church, including police chiefs from around the world, the FBI, Interpol, the London Metropolitan Police, and the UK Home Office. With the passage of the "Modern Slavery Bill" by Parliament in 2014, London and the Diocese of Westminster are leading the world on this issue -- which is a blight and shame on London as one of the top cities and most successful areas in the world. We've opened Bakhita House in central London at a secret location to rescue and triage women saved from these horrible, enslaved conditions -- giving them love, therapy, essential skills to start to put their lives back in order, and help with repatriation or a new life. It costs £350,000 per year to operate Bakhita House London for women. While we need millions more to fund the reach of the global Bakhita Initiative, this House in London is a start, a symbol of hope, and provides real help to women -- 12 at a time being rescued. The Catholic Church is uniquely qualified to do something about this regardless of religious, cultural or national origin. This is a crime against humanity. The Catholic Church has networks, a presence, and influence in many of these impoverished nations -- we can make a difference where normal secular channels may not.
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