RePlace provides supported housing and floating support to women who have been trafficked into the UK for exploitation. The UK government estimates there are tens of thousands of people in slavery in Britain today. Sexual exploitation is the most common form of modern slavery current reported by potential victims.
Following their escape, women are provided with a 45 day period of statutory support in safe houses. At the end of the 45 days, this accommodation and support comes to an end. At this point, RePlace steps in to provide crucial second stage accommodation and in-depth resettlement support. Women who have escaped the huge trauma of trafficking into the UK from other countries have no resource to housing or any other support pending a Home Office decision to grant them leave to remain.
In addition to accommodation, we provide floating support in the community where they settle, helping them to navigate the processes and systems which will decide their future.
Elisa* was referred to RePlace by a safe house following her escape from traffickers. When Elisa started with RePlace she began to gradually open up and accept support. Although she she still has bad days, being supported with things like her education and faith needs by RePlace has helped her to process what she's been through and how she can help herself. Elisa explained that the support provided has helped her to feel at peace, improved her mental wellbeing and allowed her to start healing.
"London is a big place and I was not very street wise; without support from my caseworker I would not have been able to explore this big and beautiful city. Support from RePlace has given me confidence to look forward to leading a fulfilling life."
Below, you can listen to a podcast interview with musician Scroobius Pip and Mira, a previous RePlace client.
Pip explains: "Mira's story is awfully hard to take in but a truly valuable, and an ultimately inspiring tale of what can happen after being swept up in a wave of unfairness, abuse, incredible mistreatment and a web of terrible people. Heavy, unflinchingly honest and very upfront, but a story that might have otherwise gone unheard. A truly encouraging story which shows how much projects like Housing For Women's RePlace initiative can help lives be rebuilt and restructured." Listen to the Podcast here.
* Real names not used