Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s £3.7m grant to a project which provides refuge and support to victims of trafficking.
The grant to the POPPY project will help many more women escape prosecution and domestic servitude.
The POPPY Project has been providing places of refuge and vital support to hundreds of victims of human trafficking since 2003, backed by £5.8 million government support.
The extra funding follows a recent commitment to give £1.6 million further support for sexual violence charities, including Rape Crisis Centres, across England and Wales.
David Hanson said:
“This support is vital in terms of helping women caught up in this despicable trade. Through the money the Government is injecting into the POPPY project there will be advice and support available to hundreds of people.
“This work is just one part of a wider strategy to make the UK a hostile environment for traffickers and identify and protect victims. The Government has published a comprehensive UK Action Plan to tackle trafficking head on, and last year the UK ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings
“Human trafficking thrives on the vulnerability of women who are often subjected to multiple crimes including rape, physical violence, kidnapping and threats. This has no place in today’s society. Very often the victims of these crimes are hidden from view and have no idea how to escape.
“Charities like the POPPY Project offer people the vital and specialist help they need.”