Modern Slavery Survivor Story- Vladimir

Now in his early 50s, Vladimir was trafficked from Hungary into the UK in 2009. He found himself working 5-6 days a week doing manual labour for 8-9 hours a day. All this was for just £15-20 a week.

Amongst other tasks he was asked to drive for the people exploiting him, and ended up being imprisoned for driving offences which he had not understood that he was committing. He tried to leave but with only very limited English found it almost impossible to get other work. Vladimir was also suffering from alcoholism and so needed even that little money from the traffickers to be able to buy alcohol – he was trapped.

Finally, his traffickers abandoned him and he became homeless. He was identified as a potential victim of trafficking by a local homeless shelter in 2014 and began to receive support but continued to struggle with alcoholism and unemployment.

In the words of his support worker at Hope for Justice: “Jericho has now provided him a great opportunity to get back on his feet.”

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