The Home Office will in future give a one-off maternity grant introduced for asylum seekers in Britain to victims of modern slavery who have been brought into the country illegally by human trafficking gangs after a new report into pregnant survivors of human trafficking revealed that some women pregnant on entering the U.K. having been raped by the ruthless gangsters who operate illegal immigration rackets.
Last year 671 women found in the London area were victims of modern slavery and about seventy percent of them were trafficked for the sole purpose of sexual exploitation through work in strip clubs, lap dance establishments and as prostitutes, escort workers or ‘acting’ in porn videos. A new report by the charity Hestia, published on International Women’s Day, reveals one in four victims were pregnant when they escaped and sought support.
According to Hestia’s report, Underground Lives, Pregnancy & Modern Slavery, 25 percent of women who sought support from the charity after escaping from traffickers / owners were expecting a baby; one in three had contemplated suicide and many longed for contact with their own mothers while a baby grew inside them.
“To be craving that very ordinary contact and not be able to have it is tragic,” Patrick Ryan CEO of Hestia said at the launch of the publication. “For me, above the graphic and awful brutality exposed in the report, it’s the number of pregnant women who craved contact with their own mother,” he said.
Survivors of human trafficking often cannot talk to anybody outside the group they are housed with for fear of punishment from their traffickers, or fear of reprisals being carried out up their families. The report analysed data from the Initial Assessment Records of 147 women who were pregnant in 2017 and the study revealed 16 percent of those had slept rough and all of the women enrolled in the National Referral Mechanism process relied on charitable donations and food banks for their basic needs.
“A third of these women reported feeling suicidal whilst pregnant” Mr. Ryan told Sputnik. “Hestia has worked with men and women since 2011 and it’s about understanding the real challenges victims of modern slavery face. They need a safe place to stay, free from those who trafficked and exploited them but they need more than just a safe place,” he added.
“These women need perinatal care in NHS hospitals but are denied it by their masters who fear hospital staff will involve the police. Some women have previous health issues, including FGM or HIV or sexually transmitted infections and are at risk but are too scared to undergo tests or interventions. They’re often dealing with a diagnosis and a pregnancy at the same time.
“They’re duped with promises of a better life, dumped in the UK and isolated. Many have a limited command of the English language and don’t know how to get help, apart from the language barrier many come from countries where it is unwise to trust the authorities,” he concluded.