Human Trafficking -Diogel Project


Human trafficking is the second largest illegal trade in the world. It is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Victims of human trafficking are subjected to coercion, exploitation, deception, kidnap, false imprisonment and rape.

The Diogel Project was set up in South Wales by Bawso in 2009 to provide support for victims of trafficking.

In 2010 Welsh Government funded the expansion of the project to North Wales in response to increased demand for the service.

More recently the Diogel Project was expanded to provide 10 units of secure accommodation and 10 outreach units respectively under the new contract with the Salvation Army. The project now provides 13 units of secure accommodation and 20 outreach units across Wales.


Referral Criteria;

Is over 18 years of age

Has been trafficked in the U.K.

Subsequently exploited


Bawso also has the capacity to provide outreach support to both male and female victims. Last year we supported 23 service users and 12 children under our Diogel Trafficking Project.


‘I need the support with getting permission to stay here with my daughter. I didn’t know what you have to do, and my support worker here (BAWS0) has helped me to understand what I have to do and the solicitor has also said I have rights like everybody else. I want to move forward with my daughter here because if I go back we will be killed or the same things will happen again and I don’t want that. I want to feel safe with my daughter. I worry about this all the time. She is only four years old but has seen so many bad things’.

Service User, Bawso Diogel Project.


Over 300 people came together in Cardiff on 21st November 2012 in response to the growing need to raise public awareness and improve support for victims of Human Trafficking.  

Further informations and presentations from the International Conference on Human Trafficking in Cardiff 21/11/12.  


Bawso Research Report:

Overcoming the Barriers and Healing the Scars of Human Trafficking (November 2012) presents the findings of a research study which aimed to explore and understand the views, experiences and the support needs of women who are affected by human trafficking.


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