Unseen

Rebuilding Men's Lives After Modern Slavery

In contrast to many assumptions about modern slavery, it is not only women and children who suffer. In fact, over half of survivors of modern slavery are men. Frank, a survivor being supported at Unseen's men's safehouse, tells his story this Christmas, giving insight into the exploitation of men.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1127620)

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Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£45,675

Donations

146

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Situation

In the UK, thousands of men like Frank are being forced to work extremely long hours for minimal pay in industries such as construction, agriculture & hand car washes, often also subjected to horrific sexual exploitation. Generally malnourished, male victims are often forced to share dirty, overcrowded, unsafe accommodation and routinely subjected to physical and mental abuse to enforce their exploitation. Last year, of the 5,145 people who escaped slavery in the UK, 52% were men.

Solution

Unseen’s Men’s Safehouse provides the only 24/7 emergency accommodation and specialist care for men in the South West. Our support workers treat physical injuries, malnutrition, depression, fear and isolation. They also help the men to navigate complex legal information to make effective decisions about their future. This enables the men to take back control and tackle the effects of exploitation. In 2017, 100% of survivors in the safehouse said they felt able to move on with their lives.

  • If I needed help, the house was always there for me. I would like to say thank you to everyone. All of you, thanks for keeping me with you.

    — Survivor

  • I was far from my country and my friends, and these people showed me compassion and love. Now, what can I do with this? Now I have to give compassion and love back to others

    — Frank

  • When I came to the safehouse I was so thankful I was alive, that I didn‚Äôt die. Thankful I found some place where I could spend Christmas, that looks clean, where the staff look ok and I can see food for the first time. And I got to call my son and told him I was alright.

    — Survivor

  • If I needed help, the house was always there for me. I would like to say thank you to everyone. All of you, thanks for keeping me with you.

    — Survivor

  • When I came to the safehouse I was so thankful I was alive, that I didn’t die. Thankful I found some place where I could spend Christmas, that looks clean, where the staff look ok and I can see food for the first time. And I got to call my son and told him I was alright.

    — Survivor

  • I was far from my country and my friends, and these people showed me compassion and love. Now, what can I do with this? Now I have to give compassion and love back to others

    — Frank