AFRUCA has received new grant from the Home Office to help address the growing problem of child trafficking for domestic slavery in England.

The grant will enable AFRUCA work from December 2017 till June 2018 specifically in the Nigerian community in both London and Manchester to sensitive members to the issue of domestic slavery, the terrible impact on children and how to improve protection and safeguarding for victims. As part of this six-month project, AFRUCA will recruit and train a team of Community Ambassadors and Champions, to reach thousands of Nigerians in London and Manchester to help propagate the anti child-slavery message and create a ripple effect of change in the best interests of children.

Since its inception in 2001, AFRUCA has worked with over 400 children and young people who were trafficked into the UK. More than 60% of these were trafficked for domestic slavery and most are of Nigerian origin. Victims experience terrible suffering ranging from physical abuse, different forms of emotional abuse, neglect and even sexual assault. Most victims worked with by AFRUCA display different types of long term mental health problems including post traumatic stress disorder and long term physical health problems. Most of our users were denied access to education, which ironically is the main reason they were deceived into coming to the UK by their traffickers.

Our experience of working with victims of trafficking at AFRUCA mirrors UK government statistics provided by the National Crime Agency where Nigeria has remained consistently at the top as one of the source countries with the highest numbers of victims of trafficking into the country.

The growing phenomenon of human trafficking involving Nigerian nationals in the UK is disconcerting especially viewed in relation to stories coming out of Libya where Africans including Nigerians are being openly traded as slaves.

Debbie Ariyo OBE, AFRUCA Founder and CEO said: “The terrible experiences of children and young people who have been through domestic slavery in the UK are a driving force for us in launching this programme. It cannot be right that children are enslaved and exploited this way in the 21stcentury. With this project, we hope we can help to bring an end to this practice once and for all.”

Note to Editors: 

  1. AFRUCA is the premier charity working to protect and promote the rights of African children in the UK. We provide a place for children and young people who have been trafficked to access vital services in a culturally appropriate and adaptive environment.
  2. AFRUCA has supported close to 400 victims of trafficking since inception, providing tailored individual support, with a focus on practical, mental health and advocacy needs.
  3. AFRUCA’s Domestic Slavery project forms part of wider Home Office campaign to increase the awareness of the Modern Slavery and increase the number of cases reported to the Modern Slavery Helpline.


For further information about AFRUCA and our Modern Slavery Project visit: or email

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