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Anti-trafficking charity Unseen given Lottery cash to supports women's refuge

An anti-slavery charity which runs the only safe house for trafficked women in the South West has been given £225,337 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Unseen will use the money to support women at its Women's Anti-Trafficking Emergency Refuge Project (Water).

Water is one of three services in England offering 24-hour support to victims of human trafficking.

Project Director Kate Garbers said the grant "indicates support for survivors is a growing priority in the UK".

Ms Garbers said the money would allow the charity to "continue giving survivors the safety, hope and choice they deserve".

Government statistics show that the number of victims of human trafficking found in the UK rose by 47% between 2012 and 2013. Of these, 64% were women.

Unseen is also currently working towards opening a specialist accommodation project for children who are victims of human trafficking.

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