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Tattooists against Traffickers

Did you know that tattoos are still being used by traffickers and exploiters to brand their victims?

Some of the people we work with are living with unwanted tattoos; modern day branding. Sometimes this is the name of the exploiter physically placed onto the body of the victim. These unwanted tattoos serve as a prominent physical reminder of the trauma they have lived through. 

For our clients, taking back control of their lives includes taking back control of their bodies.

Medaille Trust is working with the tattoo community to help transform examples of branding into expressions of freedom and hope.

Under the leadership of our Director of Police and Justice Partnerships, Stephen Hay, and with the support our talented tattooist who are giving their time we free, we are supporting our first clients to redesign their tattoos and reclaim their bodies.

But that’s not all. We are also working within the tattoo community to raise awareness of branding and modern slavery, equipping tattooists with the knowledge to spot the signs of exploitation and raise their concerns should they see them.

Watch this short film to find out more about our work


If you’re interested in getting involved in our project ‘Tattooists against Traffickers’, please contact Mark Bhagwandin at m.bhagwandin@medaille-trust-trust.org.uk 

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