A cluster of measures, restricting support for survivors of trafficking, put forward under the Nationality and Borders Bill.

Under ‘Trafficking Information Notices’ the Home Office could remove support from survivors – even when they can evidence their exploitation – if details of abuse are shared ‘too late’.

Recovery from trauma does not follow a ‘convenient timeline’. Survivors need time to share details, as they may fear retaliation from traffickers, the risk of deportation, or the system itself due to struggles accessing a support worker or lawyer.

“It took me years to even realise I was a victim
I would have missed out under Part 5″

– Sarah*, survivor of sexual and criminal exploitation

As well as the trauma deadline, as many as 49% of survivors are at risk of missing out because of ‘support bans’. Under Part 5, survivors with a sentence of 12 months or more (including survivors of criminal exploitation and child victims with custodial sentences) would be denied access to safe housing, counselling and support.

Part 5 would also give Government the power to provide support to survivors of modern slavery where ‘necessary’ rather than as a guarantee.

The Government claims they are changing the process to tackle ‘abuse’ of the system. But peers in the Lords raise that no evidence has yet been provided. In reality, survivors are rarely identified, and are more likely to be wrongly denied support. Data obtained by After Exploitation found that 8 in 10 (78%) rejected trafficking cases are later found to be eligible for support.

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The following organisations, law firms and academics have signed the letter text, and you can send the same letter to your MP, here.

Adavu Project,
African Rainbow Family,
After Exploitation,
Anti Slavery International,
Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU),
Anti Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG),
Artists’ Union England,
AVID Detention,
Baca Charity,
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID),
Black Activists Rising,
Against Cuts (BARAC),
Citizens of the World Refugee Choir,
City of Sanctuary,
Detention Action,
Doughty Street Chambers (Anti-Trafficking Team),
Duncan Lewis,
Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT),
English Collective of Prostitutes,
Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX),
Freedom United,

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG),
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU),
Helen Bamber Foundation,
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI),
Jesuit Refugee Service,
JustRight Scotland,
Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS),
Migrants at Work,
Migrants’ Rights Network,
Oxford Against Immigration Detention,
Rainbow Migration,
Refugee Support Devon,
Right to Remain,
Street Talk,
The Voice of Domestic Workers,
Thread Ahead,
Waging Peace,
Women for Refugee Women,
Women’s Institute

Let us know if you get a response from your MP (info@afterexploitation.org)

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