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True Story

True Story

“I had to jump out of the window. It was the only way to be safe…" - Fredek

True Story is a great new resource to inspire young people and children to take practical action to help the over 40 million people worldwide who are victims of modern slavery.

The 15 cards in a set tell the true stories of three survivors of human trafficking and suggest six small things the young person can do to help make a difference to victims and survivors of human trafficking.

True Story is designed to be used by young people in schools, churches and youth clubs, as individuals or as part of a group.

There are two versions – one for teens (13-18 year olds) and one for pre-teens (7-12 year olds).


TEEN version (for 13-18 year olds)

PRE-TEEN version (7-12 year olds)


Support for your actions

“I was expected to do all the housework, even though I was still a child’ – Lydia

The rest of this page gives resources or links referred to in the Action cards in the True Story resource. They’ll make much more sense if you have a copy.




Having read Fredek’s story you may have been inspired to take the suggested action: using social media to contact a company you use to #askthequestion, ‘what are you doing to ensure that your products are slave free?’ 

It’s very possible that their reply didn’t really answer the question – or maybe they didn’t reply at all! But if the amount of money they generate in sales in a year is over £36 million they HAVE to be able to provide this information... And even if the business doesn’t quite hit that figure, there’s no harm in asking anyway: all businesses should be encouraged to commit to this as the most basic of standards.

If you’re not satisfied with the response you received, you can use the company’s website to find their contact details and follow up with an email. You should consider writing your own email or letter, but if you’re not sure what to say, here’s a template you can use.



Need some inspiration or advice on how you can raise money to support The Salvation Army’s work with survivors of modern slavery? Read our True Story Give Action Guide, which suggests seven fundraising ideas and explains how you can make sure the money you raise gets to the right place – the Victim Care Fund.

If you’d like some extra support with your fundraising event, you can tell us about it here. Our Fundraising team can send you stickers, balloons or other practical things that may be useful. Last year, 2,251 survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery were supported by The Salvation Army in the UK. Read our Modern Day Slavery report




‘They forced me to work in a horrible warehouse…’ - Tee

We’ve collated some links that should help you to understand more about the reality of human trafficking and modern slavery today..

Information about human trafficking in general

Information about The Salvation Army’s work against human trafficking