Support for victims

A team from the Association, bringing together various skills, receives the victim very quickly and at length to hear their story, in order to provide the most appropriate response.

The interviews with the desperate, frightened, sometimes broken victims take place in a deliberately family and warm atmosphere. The interpreter, often from the country of the victim, contributes to the knowledge of the facts and the establishment of the essential confidence. Since 2012, the Association has received around fifty victims, ten of whom have been referred to other structures. Forty victims were assisted by SOS slaves, the other cases did not meet the criteria defined by our Association, but remain in contact with the latter and can request SOS for specific interventions.


Often, when the victims contact the Association, they have found temporary accommodation solutions. In case of emergency or for the longer term, the Association looks for placement solutions in homes or foster families.


The victim's physical or psychological state of health sometimes requires examination and follow-up, and at the very least access – rarely free – to health services, prevention in terms of health, hygiene, hence the need to maintain a network of doctors or educators. Several doctors of different specialties can thus receive the victims who so wish. The Association, on the occasion of the filing of each complaint, requests that the victim be summoned to a consultation at the medico-judicial service of the Hôtel Dieu, and accompanies him there, with an interpreter.

Administrative status

Barely out of his slave situation, the victim has no legal status. Deprived of papers, and unable to provide proof that they arrived regularly or irregularly in France, the victim is only a foreign person in an irregular situation and as such can be expelled at any time. As the victims no longer have civil status, the Association helps them to have new passports drawn up and to obtain from the administrative authority that it recognize their status as victims of Human Trafficking in order to have them regularized in application of the Foreigners' Code (CESEDA) and the Valls circular of November 28, 2012. Thus a file is filed with the services of the Prefecture of Police in the days following the filing of the complaint so that each person is in possession of a receipt for the residence permit application, which allows you to be safe on the territory and to obtain free health insurance coverage.


The socialization of the victim involves learning the French language, necessary for good integration and required by the administrative authority (evaluation, literacy or upgrading). The Association directs them to French language teaching centers and encourages them to attend classes regularly. The Association also supports victims in finding a job. Finally, the Association sets up emergency loans for victims until they can meet their needs. Since 2012, SOS has thus occasionally lent to a significant number of victims sums of less than 300 euros which they must repay as soon as they obtain a job. A dozen victims have thus been financially supported and to date all the loans have been repaid.

Juridic assistance

SOS slaves works for the victims to overcome their fears and feelings of humiliation and publicly reveal the tragedy of their life as slaves. The Association goes with the victim to the police station to file a complaint. She then prepares, in collaboration with the victim, the files that will allow a lawyer to initiate proceedings before the Courts.

The procedures are of four types

At the same time, insofar as the time limits for appeals have not been exceeded, SOS has a lawyer initiate proceedings before the labor courts to have the employers condemned to pay the sums they owe in return for the unpaid work they have benefited from. .