Human trafficking charity receives a boost from the Safer Communities Fund (17 Mar 2016)

A charity supporting human trafficking victims to rebuild their lives can continue its valuable work thanks to funding from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson.

Invisible Traffick GB has been awarded £7,500 from the PCC's Safer Communities Fund to offer advice and support to rescued victims throughout Kirklees through rehabilitation leading to education, employment and training.

The charity, formed in 2014, are holding their first-ever Vision Launch ball on Saturday in Brighouse to inform the public about the work they are doing to raise awareness of human trafficking and raise funds for their work.

Alison Ellis, the charity's managing director, said: "Invisible Traffik GB exists to see people freed from human trafficking and to provide long term aftercare for victims.

"There is a lack of aftercare facilities in the UK, following the 45 day recovery period once victims have gone through the National Referral Mechanism, meaning that victims can remain vulnerable.

"Through our intervention we hope to see people in our community transformed from vulnerable victims into successful survivors with increased self-confidence and self-worth. Our vision is to continue looking after the long term aftercare of victims and this event is part of that."

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I am pleased that money given through my SCF Fund has gone to a charity supporting victims of these awful crimes to help rebuild their lives following a traumatic ordeal and am delighted to have been invited to this event to speak about the work we are doing with West Yorkshire Police and various partners around supporting victims of trafficking.

"The new National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network that I launched at the Home Office in January demonstrates that by working together, we can help stop ruthless criminals profiting from their trade and builds on the West Yorkshire Anti Trafficking Network I established more than 12 months ago.

"Human trafficking and modern day slavery have no place in the world and are appalling crimes, tackling them is an absolute priority for me, West Yorkshire Police and our partners and I am pleased to be able to fund projects such as these that help people to rebuild their lives and hopefully prevents many others from being exploited in this way."

For more information on Saturday's event at the Holiday Inn, Clifton Village, Brighouse, visit http://www.invisibletraffick-gb.org/invisible-traffick-news/ and for more information on the Safer Communities Fund visit /safer-communities-fund/about-the-fund.aspx.

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