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Modern slavery and homelessness

Homelessness is both an outcome and a driver of modern slavery. Often those experiencing homelessness are targeted by perpetrators and traffickers; and those who have fled from their traffickers are often left destitute, with nowhere to go.

Modern slavery is a crime hidden in plain sight: it targets the most vulnerable in our society and seeks to use them as commodities from which to make profit.

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Supporting survivors of modern slavery

The Passage is the first and only organisation in the homelessness sector to recruit a dedicated Anti-Slavery Team, providing support to survivors of modern slavery who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Westminster.

We offer holistic support including primary services, signposting to First Responders, respite accommodation (if suitable), health and mental health support and care until the survivor receives government support within the Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract. 

To support other charities and local authorities to create their own Modern Slavery Support Service, we have created a Modern Slavery Toolkit.

Read real-life survivor stories.

The Passage Modern Slavery Service is unique in the homelessness sector. We work in partnership with Westminster City Council and many other partners. The services comprises an Anti-Slavery Coordinator and a Modern Slavery Navigator who ensure survivors receive the appropriate support. The Passage Anti-Slavery Team received the second prize of the London Homelessness Awards 2019.

Protecting others

As mentioned above, we are working hard to support other organisations, local authorities and frontline workers to create their own Modern Slavery Support service – through our pioneering Modern Slavery Toolkit.

However, we understand the importance of prevention. For those who are, or have experienced homelessness, the risks of exploitation can often be higher. By working together, we can raise awareness of the risks and signs to look out for, to reduce the chances of people being victimised in the first place.

Our helpful guide provides a range of information that ensure that those we support, and others are fully aware of their rights and what they are entitled to at work.

Survivor stories

Reports

Read our most recent report, to find out:

  • Our achievements for 2022/23
  • The support we provided
  • A breakdown of the demographics of those we identified as victims of modern slavery
  • Details of the exploitation seen
  • Emerging trends and patterns
  • Recommendations moving forwards

Alternatively, read our reports from previous years:

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