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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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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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