The Home Office estimates that there are 13,000 victims of trafficking in the UK. Many of these victims suffer commercial sexual exploitation, young women and girls are disproportionaly affected by this crime. Only 1% ever escape. Sex trafficking occurs across the country. Traffickers parasitise the infrastructure of legitimate businesses such as hotels and clubs, as well as illegal sector brothels, to sell the services of trafficking victims.
SAFE fights trafficking by helping businesses put into place self regulatory mechanisms and standards which ensure that victims of trafficking cannot be exploited within these businesses. We educate employees to identify possible victims. We provide reporting mechanisms, specialist support and suitable intervention plans for when a trafficking victim has been identified. We are able to do this because of our experience of prevention, identification and rescue of victims of trafficking from within the UK sex industry.
We also educate young people to prevent them from becoming victims through a six lesson national curriculum education pack for schools for the 14 to 16 age group.
In this way, we aim to close-down entire sectors of business to traffickers, reduce the opportunities for traffickers to profit from their crimes and make recruitment of victims difficult.
Safe needs forward-thinking individuals and organisations to join us in our mission.
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