However, if you are a victim of modern slavery who is pregnant, the experience is even more traumatic, particularly if the father of the baby is your captor.
In this time of heightened risk and vulnerability, many victims of modern slavery feel so alone and miserable that they contemplate suicide.
A few years ago, Hestia published a report Underground Lives: Pregnancy & Modern Slavery looking at the experience of female victims in London. It revealed that
- 2 in 3 women received no antenatal care before coming to Hestia.
- 1 in 3 women were suicidal during their pregnancy.
- 16% of women had slept rough whilst pregnant
- 4 in 5 women were estranged from their families at a time they craved the support of their own mothers.
Many of the pregnant women reported feeling isolated, with feelings of shame and fear of honour-based violence preventing them from reconnecting with their families.