Eaves' Poppy Project

Jasmin's story

This short film tells the story of a Jasmin, a Ghanian woman who was trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation…

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The Poppy Project was set up in 2003 to provide high-quality support, advocacy and accommodation to trafficked women; that is, women who have been brought into England or Wales to be exploited in some way. This could include but is not limited to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced illicit activities and organ harvesting.

Support workers work with women to create individual support plans for them, which can include financial help, support accessing specialist counselling, health services and treatment, criminal and immigration-related legal advice, education and employment opportunities and other support as needed.

Since 2003, the Poppy Project has received up to 3,000 referrals and provided support to more than 1,000 women to access their rights as survivors of trafficking in the United Kingdom.

To make a referral, call 020 7735 2062 and ask to speak to the Poppy Project duty worker.

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Our services

Our workers are all experts in supporting trafficked women, and within the team we also provide services with the following expertise:

  • Acute service, supporting women with safe house accommodation and prioritising those who are unable to access support from any other service;
  • Young Women’s service, specialising in supporting trafficked girls and women between 14-24 years old;
  • Outreach, supporting trafficked women over the age of 25;
  • Family Advocacy, working with trafficked women who have children;
  • Detention Centres and Prisons work, providing advocacy and support to women in those hard-to-reach situations; and
  • Resettlement, helping women to resettle from the safe house into the community.

The Poppy Project can accept women who are over 14 years of age (over 18 for accommodation) and were trafficked into the UK for the purpose of exploitation, including:

  • Prostitution and/or sexual exploitation;
  • Forced labour, including domestic servitude;
  • Forced illicit activities, such as cannabis farming, begging or pick pocketing; or
  • Organ harvesting.

What is trafficking?

‘Trafficking’ is the movement of a person from one place to another for the purposes of exploitation. Women may have been forced, coerced or deceived about the nature or conditions of work they experienced.

Victims of trafficking are often subject to high levels of physical, sexual and psychological violence. For this reason, and because they may be afraid of the police, it may take women time to disclose the full extent of their experiences
Women do not have to have entered the country illegally to have been trafficked; however, they may have done so either knowingly or without their knowledge. They may also have had their passport or other forms of identification taken from them. Trafficking may also have occurred internally, within the UK.

Poppy in the news

  • Trafficking victims often treated as illegal immigrants first, human beings last – The Guardian

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Poppy receives funding from London Councils, European Union (ISEC), Comic Relief, Children in Need, Sam Worth Foundation, Ian McTaggart Trust, John Ellerman Foundation, and individuals donors.