Human trafficking survivor lured to Scotland tells of work hell and recovery

His trafficker threatened to kill him if he tried to leave but the survivor said his life has now been transformed by a new job and home.

human trafficking survivor has told how a business network tackling modern slavery has helped him rebuild his life.

The young man was lured to Scotland with the promise of a job and forced to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week on a farm for a year.

His trafficker threatened to kill him if he tried to leave but the survivor said his life has now been transformed by a new job and home.

The man, who we are calling Peter, said: “It has taken a while but I feel like the person I used to be. I am not afraid any more.”

Scotland Against Modern Slavery (Sams), an alliance of companies raising awareness of trafficking and supporting victims, found him work with one of its members – Scotbeef.

Peter said his self-respect has been restored working in the company’s meat processing plant, where he is paid above the living wage and is treated with respect.

He had worked unpaid for his trafficker, was living in squalid conditions and had to beg him for basics like clothes and toiletries.

Peter, who is from Eastern Europe, said: “It used to be humiliating having to ask for things like clothes.

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