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Human trafficking laws now in force 01/06/2016 Measures contained in The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 are now in force.

Human trafficking laws now in force

Measures contained in The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 are now in force. They include the possibility of a sentence of life imprisonment for those convicted of human trafficking or slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

Police and the courts will also have new powers to confiscate and seize property used for human trafficking. Courts will also be able to impose longer sentences for other crimes that involve trafficking, where trafficking is committed by a public official, or when the victim is a child.

There is now also a requirement for the Lord Advocate to issue instructions about the factors prosecutors must consider before deciding whether to prosecute a person who may have been compelled to carry out a crime as a victim of human trafficking.

Other measures introduced by the Act, relating to supports for victims, including child victims, are being developed and will be laid in due course.

The Act can be found here

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