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Stopping modern slavery and human trafficking in Europe

Nearly two million people are trapped in modern slavery in Europe.

Angela* was trafficked from Romania to London for sexual exploitation

Sexual and verbal abuse was commonplace in Angela’s home. When Robert* came along, he made her feel loved for the first time. Robert assured Angela he cared for her and could offer her an escape from her abusive home. Sadly, this is a common method used by traffickers to deceive young women into commercial sexual exploitation in the UK.


Angela and her family trusted Robert’s promises of a better life, but instead, Angela was taken to a house in the UK where she was forced to engage in sexual exploitation. Scared and betrayed, she bravely escaped via a balcony and managed to run away. Police took her into safe custody where she provided descriptions that helped them arrest the suspect.

Since her repatriation, IJM Romania and partners have helped provide Angela with housing, heating and food. IJM arranged remote therapy sessions to help Angela process the traumatic events she had experienced and improve her relationship with her family.

How does IJM work to stop modern slavery and human trafficking in Europe?

IJM’s European Anti-Trafficking Programme, launched in Romania in 2019, aims to build a cohesive, cross-border response to trafficking in Europe.

Working alongside government, police and communities in the UK and Romania, we are bringing people to safety, holding traffickers to account and supporting survivors as they heal. So far, we've already seen incredible impact.

Our impact since 2019

What can I do to help?

1. Donate

Donating to IJM is the best way to support our work to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking across Europe.

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2. Spot the Signs

If you think you've spotted an individual who needs help, we recommend getting in touch with the Modern Slavery Helpline by phoning 08000 121 700. To find out more about the signs of exploitation, see the FAQs below.

3. Volunteer

To volunteer with IJM or use your time and resources in the movement to help stop slavery and trafficking, see our latest volunteering opportunities or become a Champion here.

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What are the signs of modern slavery?
What does human trafficking look like in Europe?
What does IJM do in Europe?
How has IJM been responding to the Ukraine crisis?
What is sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation?
What is labour trafficking?

Refugees fleeing Ukraine are particularly vulnerable to trafficking. We've been responding to the current crisis as it evolves.

You Can Help Send Rescue Today.

When you give a gift today, you’ll be fighting slavery, violence, and injustice across the globe. Together, we can end slavery and violence in our lifetime.

You can make the most impact as a Freedom Partner today.

Your generous monthly support will help send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and have perpetrators held accountable.


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