Victims of Trafficking are victims of crime, not criminals

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Eaves’ Poppy Project has launched a campaign to end the detention and punishment of victims of trafficking in the UK.

Every year men, women and children are trafficked into the UK to be exploited and treated like slaves. These individuals are lied to and harmed in the UK, but instead of protecting victims and focusing on prosecuting the traffickers, these exploited individuals are often unfairly put in prisons and detention centres for crimes they were forced to commit by their traffickers. Over 95% of Poppy Project clients in detention or prison lost their freedom because a trafficker gave them a fake passport or stole food to survive – crimes that only happened because they were trafficked here.

We are calling on the Government to ensure that anyone who may be a victim of trafficking is properly identified and freed from unfair detention or incarceration.

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