Bawso’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) services are called Diogel services. Within these services, we provide the following support:
- Safe accommodation for Male and Female victims
- Outreach support
- Reach in support
- NRM assessments and submission
- Out of NRM accommodation support for Female victims and their children
Bawso has been supporting victims and survivors of modern slavery since 2009. Modern slavery is a term that covers slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. People are trapped in slavery in all areas in UK. These might be those who have been moved from one place to another with the purpose of being exploited. This may be through forced labour, forced to work in people’s homes as domestic servants, in salons, car washes, on the streets selling their bodies or to work on farms.
Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. Human trafficking is a crime. It does not always involve international transportation, it could be transportation from town to town, city to city or even within same street in the UK.
Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labour or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of safety, lack of opportunities, violence including harmful traditional practices, to improve social position in own country, natural disasters or political instability. Trafficked people have little choice in what happens to them and often suffer abuse due to violence and threats made against them or their families. In effect, they become commodities owned by traffickers, used for profit.
We work with The Salvation Army to deliver Victim Care Contract in a form of accommodation based services and outreach services to victims who have been referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is a national framework that ensures victims of modern slavery are identified and receive appropriate support.
We also support victims who are outside the NRM and need safeguarding and advocacy support to address their support needs.
All service users receive individualised needs based support in their journey from victims to survivors.
Our role as a First Responder enable us to identify and refer potential victims of modern slavery into the NRM.
If you are concerned about someone and suspect they may be victims of modern slavery or have been trafficked, call us on 0800 731 8147.