Who will fight for a child slave?
Read about Joy and Coram Children's Legal Centre
Read about Joy and Coram Children's Legal Centre in her story about how a child slave regains her independence
For 10 years I suffered daily beatings, especially if my work wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t allowed to go to school or to see a doctor if I was unwell. They made me sleep on the floor every night and I had to look after the children, do all the cleaning and all the cooking. I was only allowed out of the house to collect the children from nursery, to help with the shopping, and to go to church. I was too scared to escape in case the police caught me and sent me back to Nigeria – I didn’t even know my own family there.
"One night when I was 15 years old, I couldn’t stand it anymore and I ran away.”
Joy was placed with a foster family and began going to school, but without a birth certificate, the local authority decided she was older than she claimed and refused to pay for her accommodation or education. Coram Children’s Legal Centre took Joy’s case to the High Court and fought hard for her rights. Finally, aged 18, Joy won the case and was given local authority funding to help her find housing and to study childcare at college.
Joy said, “CCLC were really understanding and stood by me every step of the way. Without them I would never have won. I don’t know what I would have done”
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