The Medaille Trust has helped thousands of women who are trafficked into the UK. Here a woman helped by the trust reflects on the love and care shown to her during this time in her life.

‘My Mother’s House’

When you see this house from the outside it looks small.  But when you get inside, it’s a big house, full of love, full of peace, full of blessing.

You receive a mother’s love, you get treated and loved like a sister, and you get looked after like a family.  This gives you confidence like your mother’s house, like your family’s house.

And they look at everybody with love.  You talk to them like a friend and full of food, full of drink, like your mum they ask ‘What do you want to cook?  What do you want to eat?  What do you want to drink?  Where do you want to go?’

Activities such as cinema, swimming, visiting the park and the shops, going for a walk, having a massage.  Everything:  baking cakes, buying chocolate, biscuits, fruit, juice.

I can’t count it.  In this house what I’ve never seen before in my life.  They teach us English, how to use a laptop – everything.  This house is like a school.

One thing that touched my heart was when Rosie gave birth to her baby.  We were shown the picture of one of the staff holding the baby as she tried to give him to Rosie. When I saw that picture all my body was feeling something.  I said ‘This woman is a real Mum!’  Please God, bless her.

This house is a blessing of God; all the people in this house are blessed by God.  I call this house YENAT GWADA (my mother’s house).

The Medaille Trust is a Charity which was established in the UK by Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests in order to provide safe housing for the victims of human trafficking, specifically for those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation.  Another important aspect of our ministry is to raise awareness of this hidden slavery.  There are trafficked people in all of our cities, towns and villages in the UK, but because they are hidden, most people are unaware of this.

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