In 2009 J, a Hungarian man in his 50s, was working as a builder and bus driver. The recession left him unemployed, homeless, and supporting his elderly mother. Duped by false promises he came to the UK – forced to live in a small house with 25 men, working 70 hours per week for £10. He escaped, living in disused garages but was re-trafficked twice – too afraid to leave for fear of becoming homeless again.
J was found by police after a failed suicide attempt, identified as a victim of human trafficking and moved to safe accommodation in Birmingham in 2014, too afraid to report details to the police.
With supported hostel accommodation in place, J initially volunteered at Jericho before progressing into paid employment as his benefits ended. In this environment he began to feel safer, reporting details of his trafficking to police who have been carrying out investigations. His confidence developed, he engaged in English lessons and was an exceptionally hard worker. We were thrilled to later offer him full time permanent employment where he is now a highly valued member of the staff team. He said:
“This is heaven. Step by step I now have a new life”
(Our Client Support Team is pictured)
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