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Rescue to Recovery! The story of a slave rescued from 40 years in a shed

You may have seen the shocking story in the media recently of the man kept in a shed for 40 years and exploited for work.

Along with City Hearts, the charity who supported Chris* following his rescue, BCHA, were appalled at the lenient sentence handed to the man behind this abuse.

To help people understand more about the process behind the rescue and recovery of survivors of modern slavery, and how they can get justice, City Hearts are bringing together the key players involved in Chris’ rescue and recovery in an online event open to the public.

City Hearts staff and the GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) will provide first-hand accounts of the events leading up to his discovery and the steps taken to help him integrate back into society.Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton will then discuss issues surrounding modern slavery in the UK, and how victims are initially identified and supported.

This is a free online public event and will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about the story of Chris*, as well as a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the workings of an anti-slavery organisation.


When: March 4, 11am-12pm

Where: Free online event

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Speakers and Agenda

Andrew Brown of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority: An anonymous tip off from a concerned member of the public led to a raid by the GLAA. Nothing could prepare them for what they were about to unveil – a slave who had been held in squalid conditions for 40 years.

Kyle France, City Hearts Accommodation Manager: Arriving with just the clothes on his back, limited communication skills and little knowledge of the ‘outside world’, Chris* was greeted at our Safe House, by Accommodation Manager Kyle.

GLAA: Determined for the case to reach trial, the investigation and evidence gathering commenced, here’s what happened.

City Hearts: Returning to ‘normality’ - the importance of survivor support in the journey to pursing freedom.

Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner: Modern slavery in the UK: From identification to supporting victims to become survivors.

Ed Newton, CEO of City Hearts: Mind the gap – how we can make sure every survivor receives the support they need.

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