Project Light

Exploitation robs people of their dignity, their identity and often their health.  It can subject them to some of the most degrading, violent and fearful conditions.

Poverty, homelessness, poor mental health, isolation, war and displacement, addiction, the effects of COVID-19, make people more vulnerable to trafficking and are all too often the experience of those who are being exploited or have been a victim of trafficking. 

We know that there are many more people in our villages, towns and cities that are and have been exploited, they are hidden in plain sight and are often accessing services such as food banks, homeless hostels, drop in centres or other statutory services.  We help people at risk to build resilience to trafficking as well as increasing the number of victims who are identified and recovered.  We do this by:

  • providing literature and information raising awareness of human trafficking
  • providing tailored training and post training support to organisations who provide services to vulnerable people, ie. NGO’S and Local Authorities
  • carrying out intelligence gathering operations to identify victims of trafficking
  • providing crisis advocacy for potential victims of trafficking

Our experienced team work with frontline staff, building knowledge and confidence in spotting the signs of trafficking in order that potential victims have the time, space and information they need to make a decision about their next steps and get the specialist support they deserve.

Contact us to find out more about our training and support services  enquiries@sohtis.org.

You spoke powerfully and emotively on the implications for the prison system regarding the scale of human trafficking, and this has generated a number of positive comments we have received, and interest in this area. Your insight helped me to understand and identify signs of trafficking and where the pathways and routes for referral and support can be found.

Wendy Sinclair-Gieben,
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland

“SOHTIS’ Challenge Poverty webinar highlighted the importance of strong storytelling when trying to raise awareness of complex issues that are often misunderstood or misinterpreted externally. The intertwining of facts and figures with carefully-selected stories really helped bring the human trafficking situation in the UK to life in a way I would not necessarily have anticipated digitally. It’s certainly a presentation that stuck with me and helped give not only a stronger understanding of what human trafficking is and who it’s happening to, but also a new perspective on what role we as individuals have in fighting it.”

Paul Collins
Robertson Trust

“This has been informative and interesting training which has given us much to consider, reflect on and will inform our day to day practice.”

Sharon Dickens
Director of Operations and Women’s Ministries, 20schemes

If you have suspicions regarding anyone who may be affected by human trafficking or modern slavery take a few minutes to report what you know to the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700. You can do this anonymously.
In an emergency always call 999.