Poppy Project - UK

The Poppy Project (run by EAVES) was set up in 2003 to provide high-quality support, advocacy and accommodation to trafficked women; that is, women who have been brought into the UK to be exploited in some way. This could include but is not limited to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced illicit activities and organ harvesting.

Support workers work with women to create individual support plans for them, which can include financial help, support accessing health services and treatment, specialist counselling, criminal and immigration-related legal advice, education and employment opportunities and other support as needed.

To make a referral, call 020 7735 2062 and ask to speak to the Poppy Project duty worker.

The POPPY Project won a CSJ Award for their work of helping young women trafficked into prostitution to find refuge and support. Watch the following video about their work:

The work of the Poppy Project

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We have bed spaces for women who need accommodation as part of their support, and can work on an outreach basis with women who don’t need accommodation.

Our workers are all experts in supporting trafficked women, and within the team we also have the following expertise:

  • A Young Women’s worker, who specialises in supporting trafficked women between 16-24 years old;
  • A Family Reunification worker, who specialises in working with trafficked women who have children; and
  • A Detention Centres and Prisons worker, who can provide advocacy and support to women in those hard-to-reach situations.

The Poppy Project can accept women who are over 16 years of age and were trafficked into the UK, into the following areas of exploitation:

  • Prostitution and/or sexual exploitation;
  • Forced labour, including domestic servitude;
  • Forced illicit activities, such as cannabis farming, begging or pick pocketing; or organ harvesting.

Interview with Poppy Project worker about their work and needs

Why the Poppy Project does what it does