A law student, who was moved after hearing the emotional stories of women who’d been trafficked for sex, wants more support to be available to help them after they have escaped from human trafficking.
24-year-old Leanne Dodson from Sheffield is highlighting the terrible plight of women who have been trafficked to the UK in the sex trade, but are given just 45 days of safe accommodation when they escape.
After fleeing, she says, many are left alone in limbo and the accommodation provided for them is often a bare flat with no heating or furniture. They also face language barriers, isolation, anxiety, depression, and many attempt suicide.
Not all of them are given asylum, and therefore cannot work legally and have no money.
Leanne and her friends want to produce a short film, which will highlight what happens after the 45 days at the ‘safe house’. They want to get government action by targeting the public but also officials who can support their campaign.
The Fixer goes to see victims of human trafficking once a week as part of her voluntary student society work.
She and 60 other volunteers help give the women an opportunity to earn money by making jewellery and selling it at local craft shows.
‘We provide the materials and give them something to do more than anything and it keeps them busy,’ Leanne explains.
‘We just think there needs to be more help out there for vulnerable women.
‘It was hard at first hearing these stories. I mean many of them are younger than me.
‘But after a while I started to think these women probably dreamt about having a better life by coming to this country, so that’s what I’m going to help them to do.
‘I got into this because I really want to make a difference and working with Fixers will hopefully allow me to do that.’