Medaille Trust, one of the UK’s leading anti-trafficking organisations, has launched a new appeal to help women affected by human trafficking and modern slavery with the cost of public transport.
The affordability of travel is a crucial barrier in the recovery process for female victims. With many women surviving on less than £40 per week for food and essentials, they often miss crucial appointments or opportunities to attend social activities, as they cannot afford the cost of public transport. The alternative is that they buy less food or items for their children in order to have enough money to pay for travel.
Simone Lord, Project Manager for the Moving On Project, a community outreach programme for female victims of modern slavery said: “Our aim is to help women recover from the devastating impact modern slavery has on their lives. A crucial part in their recovery is their ability to attend appointments, access vital support, connect with other people and integrate positively into their communities.
“Many women simply don’t have enough money left after they have bought food, clothes and necessary items for themselves and their children to pay for travel costs. There is a significant risk that a woman’s recovery is being hindered by them not being able to access the support that is available to them.
“Being able to provide women with funded travel will ensure they don’t miss out on opportunities to move on positively with their lives simply because they cannot afford the cost of getting there.”
Passenger transport experts estimate that the average cost of a single bus journey is £2.48. The charity is asking members of the public to donate £5 to support women on their journey to recovery.
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