A nail bar Someone working in a nail bar

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is a crime that reaches into every community. It includes all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. 

At its core is deception. Victims are often vulnerable, coming from areas where there is little work. They are offered a great deal – a guaranteed job, a good wage and the chance to build a new life. 

It sounds too good to be true. And it is. 

The promised job is a lie. Instead, they are forced to work long hours in hard and degrading conditions with little or no pay. The threat of violence – to themselves or their families – traps them further. 

Modern slavery could be happening in your community. Today it doesn’t look like people bound in chains. It looks like domestic and construction workers. It looks like nail bars and brothels. It looks like car washes and fruit pickers.

When victims are found and rescued, Medaille Trust opens its doors to them 24/7 – 365 days a year. We journey with victims on their road to recovery, opening the doors to a life free from exploitation. 

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"I’ve never been to a place where everything is given for free, without having to use shameful ways to pay for it. God bless" - Female client

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