BRISTOL-BASED anti-trafficking charity Unseen has welcomed a new Patron – actress Emilia Fox
Ms Fox said: “When I heard the stories of the many survivors of human trafficking that Unseen work with, I wanted to help in whatever way I could.
“These people have suffered horrifically, but with the right support – there is hope.
“We need to put a stop to slavery, we need to help those that have suffered and make it harder for the perpetrators to operate here in the UK.
“Unseen’s work is hugely important and they have my wholehearted support as they continue to work with survivors of human trafficking and look for ways of combatting modern slavery.”
Andrew Wallis, CEO of Unseen, added: “We are really delighted to welcome Emilia as our first Patron and look forward to working with her over the coming months.
“This will help us to continue to raise the profile of this horrific crime and work towards an effective solution.”
Emilia Fox will be presenting a Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Unseen this Sunday at 7.55am and 9.26pm that tells the story of trafficking survivor Grace.
Ms Fox said: “After hearing Grace’s story I wanted to be involved. She is a woman who has suffered horrifically at the hands of her traffickers. But thankfully her story doesn’t end there.”
Unseen continues to help survivors of human trafficking by providing a 24/7 safehouse where victims can rebuild their lives as well as a resettlement service so women can continue their recovery, stay free from exploitation and create a better future for themselves and their families.
Unseen also trains frontline staff, such as police and health workers, to identify victims and works with government at a strategic level to shape policy and take effective action.