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UK Home Secretary announces £60,000 grant to Sikh Council UK for helping victims of traffickers

October 7, 2013 | By

Oldburry, West Midlands, UK (October 07, 2013): According to a press release by the Sikh Council UK, the Sikh Council is set to receive £60,000 grant for outreach programme to help destitute victims of traffickers.

The announcement of grant came during the visit of UK Home Secretary Theresa May to Gurdwara Sahib, Oldburry, West Midlands.

UK Home Secretary at Sikh Council UK's function

UK Home Secretary at Sikh Council UK’s function

According to information the programme provides support to victims of traffickers who have been lured to the UK with the promise of a new life, only to find themselves destitute, sleeping rough or working for less than the minimum wage.

In the case of women from India, there were concerns that they could fall into prostitution and abuse.

Many of these individuals are leading miserable lives and want to get out of the trap of traffickers.

The funding will help expand an existing outreach programme to all Gurdwaras and establish a dedicated Panjabi phoneline run by the Sikh Council UK to explain how the government can help them to gain a travel document to return home.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “This project will help people return home with dignity and I believe it will make a real difference to those who have been cruelly exploited and need our help. I would like to thank the Sikh Council and look forward to working with them in this way.”

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