Sex-trafficked women’s charity Poppy Project in danger as funding withdrawn

April 28, 2011

The Poppy Project needs £450,000 of charity aid to survive. Without it, countless victims of abuse will be left to cope alone.Mansa, a 33-year-old Ghanaian woman who days ago was close to being deported, has no doubt that the Poppy Project saved her life. “I was ready to kill myself if I had gone,” she said. “I didn’t know what else I would do.”

Hundreds of other victims of sex trafficking in Britain may not be so lucky. Shortly after midday last Monday, an email confirmed that ministers were withdrawing funding from the charity, which pioneered specialist services for victims of sex trafficking, and is the biggest and most established organisation of its kind.

The government decision immediately prompted a campaign by luminaries such as Professor Liz Kelly, the chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, and urgent appeals for donations to help the project continue supporting victims of trafficking.

Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/17/prostitution-human-trafficking

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