Case Studies

Wayne’s story

“I got a job, and that’s where I was befriended by a guy. At the time I thought he was just a friend.”

Wayne’s story

“I got a job, and that’s where I was befriended by a guy. At the time I thought he was just a friend.”

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Paula’s story

Suffering from abuse all her life, sexual exploitation and domestic slavery were normal.

Paula’s story

Suffering from abuse all her life, sexual exploitation and domestic slavery were normal.

Katherine’s story

Katherine suffered years of constant abuse at the hands of her exploiter before finally finding freedom

Katherine’s story

Katherine suffered years of constant abuse at the hands of her exploiter before finally finding freedom

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Frank’s story

If I don’t do the work, they were gonna kill my son – I had no choice.

Frank’s story

If I don’t do the work, they were gonna kill my son – I had no choice.

Harriet’s story

Harriet became one of the thousands of children exploited through County Lines drug trafficking.

Harriet’s story

Harriet became one of the thousands of children exploited through County Lines drug trafficking.

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Roman’s story

Roman was made to work for nothing, supposedly to repay the cost of his ticket.

Roman’s story

Roman was made to work for nothing, supposedly to repay the cost of his ticket.

Priscilla’s story

Priscilla was trapped in a family’s private home, abused, and used as their slave.

Priscilla’s story

Priscilla was trapped in a family’s private home, abused, and used as their slave.

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Notice: Array to string conversion in /home/895339.cloudwaysapps.com/setanmvbac/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/manager.php on line 73

Beth’s story

Every day I wake up with the fear – what if they send me back and I have to start all over again?

Beth’s story

Every day I wake up with the fear – what if they send me back and I have to start all over again?

Tania’s story

They took my passport, said I must pay them £10,000 back, and I had to start working for 30p a day.

Tania’s story

They took my passport, said I must pay them £10,000 back, and I had to start working for 30p a day.
Justine Currell

As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.

For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.

I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.

Andrew Wallis

What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.

But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.

I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.

This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.

When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.