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Sophie's abuser

DO YOU LOVE ME...

IF YOU LOVE ME 

YOU WILL MAKE SACRIFICES

YOU WILL REPAY MY DEBTS FOR ME

YOU ARE MINE NOW 

YOUR LIFE BELONGS TO ME"!

SOPHIE'S STORY THE STARTLING REALITY 

I know that love is not shown by forcing me to work on the streets, beating me up, force feeding me and turning me into someone with no mind of my own...

My story breaks stereotypes and preconceptions. As a British girl I was trafficked from the UK to Italy by a close friend for the purposes of sexual exploitation. I was fooled and deceived by a man who said that he loved me. For people like him, my life meant nothing, I was a product and a vehicle to make money. But I am a survivor. Since my ordeal I have been determined to turn the experience into a positive one. Everyone deserves freedom and their basic human rights, and although he stole my freedom, I am determined to do everything in my power to make a difference and share a story of hope to others.

This could happen to anyone! Sophie could be your sister, your daughter, your friend, your neighbour. Sophie could be you!

Sophie Hayes; author of Trafficked and founder of The Sophie Hayes Foundation

Watch my love story here and see how love is not show by force and violence*

* Caution viewers may find the content of this video, distressing.

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU COULD NOT TELL SOMEONE YOU WERE IN TROUBLE?

Sophie’s mother told her that if she was ever in trouble but couldn’t talk she should ask her “How is Aunt Linda”.

When they created this  they never thought they would have to use it, but this simple sentence would help Sophie to freedom.

Today, we encourage you to have a conversation with your

father, mother, brothers, sisters or someone you would trust your life with and create your own "CODE WORD OR SENTENCE"

THREE STEPS TO A PEACE OF MIND 

1: Start the conversation abut safety

2:  Agree a simple and memorable sentence

3:  Have peace of mind that if you ever find yourself in a position when you can’t talk but you need help you can use your code system

Agree a simple code word or sentence, encourage others to do the same – through conversation, by email, through your social media channels. Share the message, share our images, ask “I’ve got #MyCodeWord – have you got yours?”

If you are a victim of human trafficking and  need assistance contact:

The Salvation Army 24-Hour Confidential Referral Helpline: 0300 3038151 

The Modern Slavery Helpline: 08000 121 700 – http://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org

Report suspicions of human trafficking or seeking advice anonymously:​Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

​The Metropolitan Police Helpline: 0800 783 2589. 

If you believe someone is a victim on human trafficking please contact 999 immediately

 

 

For more information in UK and global Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking:

Global Slavery Index

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Commonwealth Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Resources

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