Bristol

Anti-slavery charity raises £100k for Bristol safe house

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Image caption Unseen said 549 children were uncovered as victims of trafficking in the UK in 2012

An anti-slavery charity looking to set up a safe house in Bristol for trafficked children has reached its initial target of £100,000.

The charity, Unseen, said 549 children were uncovered as having been trafficked into the UK in 2012.

Project director Kate Garbers said it is now looking to find a suitable property and to recruit a manager and house parents to run it.

The funding covers its set up and the running costs for the first six months.

"While this is an encouraging start Unseen needs to secure more funding," Ms Garbers said.

"Now Unseen is on a drive to source funding for additional specialist staff and to ensure the longer term continuation of the project."

The safe house will be designed to accommodate four children at any one time, with support staff and carers available around-the-clock.

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