What does Hope for Justice do?
Hope for Justice is an anti-human trafficking organisation working to uncover and abolish the hidden crime of modern-day slavery. We have a unique vision to assist the police practically through intelligence gathering and rescue within the UK. Human trafficking is not someone else’s problem, it’s happening in our communities, in our neighbourhoods, in our country. Hope for Justice was created to be the practical solution to human trafficking with four areas of operation:
Investigate & Rescue
Our Investigations Team respond to intelligence received from frontline agencies and community groups we’ve trained to recognise the indicators of trafficking. This work enables them to rescue victims from situations of exploitation and transfer them to aftercare providers. Intelligence is submitted to the police and can form part of the picture where a larger organised crime culture exists. With so many victims arriving from countries with disreputable policing, and so many others wilfully instilled with a terror of UK police, the need for a third party is distinct and urgent. Hope for Justice build bridges of trust between police and victim, and act as a conduit for intelligence that would otherwise simply never see the light of day.
We work closely with aftercare partners to assist in the protection and rehabilitation of victims. Our Aftercare Coordinator makes it their business to know about the standards of care offered at each facility. We suggest the most appropriate facility based on the victim’s needs and will commonly facilitate transport there. Follow-up phone calls and visits are also made to those we rescue and the team track each individual’s progress. This relates closely to our third aim; prosecution. 78.13% request our assistance in terms of advocating for them through investigation and prosecution.
A key part of our work is ensuring that perpetrators are held responsible for their crimes via prosecution. We work with the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC), a branch of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and local Constabularies to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Our Legal Team supports the victim through the reporting and investigative process should they wish to report the matter to the police and ensure that they receive appropriate basic legal advice on all aspects of their case including any potential civil actions.
We campaign at a local, national and international level to ensure the laws on human trafficking work effectively to combat the problem. As we develop relationships in Whitehall our advocacy and legislative agenda is growing with over 100 ACTFORJUSTICE community groups joining our call for action and awareness. We are an established part of the anti-trafficking NGO community and a member of the Human Trafficking Foundation, an umbrella forum chaired by Anthony Steen.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It’s serious organised crime and it’s big business. Drugs and guns can only be sold once but criminals can sell a victim’s services again and again. The easiest way to understand human trafficking is to break it down into three simple parts.
WHAT criminals do e.g. recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons.
HOW criminals do it e.g. threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or position of vulnerability, giving or receiving of payments and benefits used to control a person.
WHY criminals do it – to exploit victims e.g. in prostitution, other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery, servitude or removal of organs from a person. (Where a victim is a child, only ‘act’ and ‘purpose’ need to occur for human trafficking to exist.)
Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
Sexual exploitation can involve being coerced physically, threatened verbally or groomed psychologically for sexual acts. This may be prostitution, the creation of pornography or involvement in Ritual Abuse. Trafficking for sexual exploitation does not just involve migrants brought into the UK but also UK citizens who are moved from location to location here in Britain.
Children as young as 3 years have been trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation.
Child trafficking and grooming can involve the ‘loverboy’ phenomenon, in which vulnerable girls are approached by a man who acts like their boyfriend and gains their trust by giving them gifts and attention. The ‘loverboy’ then persuades the girl to go with his ‘friend’, the ‘friend’ is a trafficker who controls the ‘loverboy’ by threatening him or paying him to bring girls. The girl is subsequently sexually exploited by the trafficker and his clients.
- Children as young as three have been trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation. (ECPAT 2009)
- During 2003 there were an estimated 4,000 victims of trafficking for prostitution in the UK at any given time. (Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
- Hope for Justice assisted 78 victims of human trafficking in the UK in 2011-2012. (Hope for Justice annual report – p.3)
Visit hopeforjustice.org to find out more.