Fifty million people trapped in modern slavery

More than 50 million people are trapped in modern slavery, that’s according to latest figures from a report co-authored by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free, and International Organization for Migration (IOM). The report, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, shows a sharp increase in the number of people around the world trapped in exploitation, …

How can technology fight Human Trafficking?

When it comes to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, the rise of technology and social media use around the world has been both a blessing and a curse. The theme of this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, is ‘Use and Abuse of Technology and its role as a tool to both enable and impede human trafficking.’ Due to …

Plan B programme helps father of five turn life around following arrest

The Plan B programme is part of the ‘Crime Free Futures’ side of City Hearts and is an initiative funded by the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. Our staff, known as Custody Navigators, approach people in police custody and offer to help them move away from a life of crime by addressing the issues that got them there in the …

Seasonal farm workers vulnerable to exploitation

In 2021 the UK issued more than 22,000 Seasonal Worker visas to people coming from abroad to work on farms and to help with harvesting fresh produce. The majority of people applying for the six-month visa are recruited via labour agencies, and last year the majority of these temporary work visas were issued to Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian and Belarusian nationals. …

City Hearts support sexual exploitation survivors following police raids

Police who conducted raids on Sheffield addresses believed to be housing victims of Human Trafficking and sexual exploitation, were assisted by City Hearts staff who were on hand to offer support to the survivors. Two men and three women were arrested by South Yorkshire Police on Wednesday on suspicion of ‘Human Trafficking of females for the purposes of Sexual Exploitation, …

British running star Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked into UK aged nine to work as domestic servant.

Following revelations that Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah was forced to work as a domestic servant as a child, City Hearts wants to thank him for his courage in using his platform to shine a light on the horrors of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. According to a BBC interview, Sir Mo was taken from his home in Somaliland aged …