Victims of modern slavery are being offered jobs by the Co-op.
Survivors of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude will be offered employment by the retail giant in a bid to help them rebuild their lives.
The move is being supported by northern-based charity City Hearts,
Which helps vulnerable people who may not have references or other paperwork.
The Co-op will set up a national ‘matching system’ that will allow other firms to work with local charities to create employment opportunities.
It’s estimated that at least 13,000 people have fallen victim to modern slavery in the UK, although the figure is believed to be the tip of the iceberg.
Pippa Wicks, the Co-op Group’s deputy chief executive, said:
‘This heinous crime will only be stopped by Government, businesses and society working together.