A thread that runs through all that Love146 does is building trust with those we serve.
Our journey with Tuyen began three years ago, after she was trafficked into the UK and exploited as a domestic slave. Very soon after this she was also forced into working in a nail bar, to pay back the money she “owed” her trafficker. She was then told she was not paying the money back quickly enough — and was forced into sexual exploitation.
Tuyen was experiencing all exploitations at once. This story of debt bondage is common.
Lynne Chitty, director of care at Love146 UK, began working alongside the Police and Children’s Services in undertaking the necessary investigations and remained close with Tuyen, proactively seeking to gain her trust and support her through the difficult circumstances. As we began to unravel Tuyen’s story, it was clear she had endured years of mistrust and exploitation.
Building trust is a process that takes time and patience and leads us with the young people we serve to many places! As was the case with Tuyen, Love146 supports young people in foster placements, being present with them when they speak with the police, and assisting them through the court process. We’re there for as long as they need us, whatever it takes.
Love146 is still in weekly contact with Tuyen — supporting and encouraging her wherever we can. Thanks to your support, Tuyen has learned to trust that there are people who want the very best for her.