Woman in Bakhita House

Caritas Bakhita House: 2017 Report

Since opening in mid- 2015, Caritas Bakhita House has welcomed and helped 78 women and five young children who have been rescued from trafficking. 2017 was Bakhita House’s busiest year yet with 30 women and two babies staying in the house over the course of the year.

Karen Anstiss, Caritas Bakhita House Service Manager:

83 lives turned around, 83 stories of hope and human dignity restored, 83 new starts.

The guests at Caritas Bakhita House show that there is no stereotypical victim of human trafficking and that no two cases are the same. The survivors have come from over 30 countries, have experienced many different types of exploitation and ranged in age from 17-67.

Caritas Bakhita House aims to tackle the devastating consequences of human trafficking by assisting those victims who are most vulnerable and traumatised, and in particular those individuals who fall outside of existing structures of support.

The house is a home to these survivors but also offers them the emotional, psychological, legal, health and financial support that they need. Through case workers and volunteers, they are able help women with their emotional and practical needs.

A guest of Caritas Bakhita House wrote:

When I first come here I felt like a little girl, I felt powerless. Now I feel like a mature confident woman

This year Caritas Bakhita House has played a key role in police investigations into modern slavery. Often when the survivors are first recovered by the police they do not know who to trust and are fearful of speaking to the authorities. However, through their time at the house they build trust and go on to work with the police successfully. This joint working has culminated in six convictions and 47 years in prison for traffickers.

Read the full year end report here.

Caritas Bakhita House is a safe-house for recused female victims of trafficking that is owned by the Archdiocese of Westminster and managed by Caritas Westminster.

Caritas Bakhita House has been made possible through partnerships with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Metropolitan Police Anti-Trafficking Unit, the Congregation of Adoratrices, local parishes, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.