The Treehouse Project provides an after-care service in the UK for survivors of human trafficking.
Our Vision and Practise at the Treehouse Project
We have had the privilege to work with trafficked adults and children and give them therapeutic care and support in our building. We also provide other safe homes and day programmes with support as they work with survivors of trafficking and ritual abuse.
Part of the bigger picture
We are a part of the Human Trafficking Foundation and a part of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People (NWG).
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transfering, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.
Why do people traffic children?
Most children are trafficked for financial gain. This can include payment from or to the child’s parents, and can involve the child in debt-bondage to the traffickers. In most cases, the trafficker also receives payment from those wanting to exploit the child once in the UK. Some trafficking is carried out by organised gangs. In other cases, individual adults or agents traffic children to the UK for their own personal gain. The exploitation of trafficked children may be progressive. Children trafficked for domestic work may also be vulnerable to sexual exploitation or children initially trafficked for sexual exploitation may be resold.
The Current Provision
Whilst there is a huge emphasis on the identification and rescue of trafficked children, at this stage there seems to be little time, energy and money being put into well thought through, professional, therapeutic aftercare.
We at the TRC, believe that this is essential as a part of a joined up approach to avoid long term damage and mental health issues for the survivors of a horrific crime.