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Human Trafficking Strategy 12/10/2016 The Scottish Government is consulting on its Human Trafficking Strategy, which aims to disrupt perpetrators and improve support for victims.

Human Trafficking Strategy

The Scottish Government is consulting on its Human Trafficking Strategy, which aims to disrupt perpetrators and improve support for victims.

The strategy, out for consultation from today, involves joint working with Police Scotland, the third sector and partners across the UK. It covers three key themes:

  • Actions to raise awareness of human trafficking and exploitation, such as helping the wider public recognise the signs of trafficking and know what action to take
  • Improving arrangements to facilitate detection and prevention, including robust cross-border action by police and courts
  • Support and assistance for victims, including a clear process to assist their rehabilitation.

“Human trafficking is an abhorrent crime, causing lasting physical and psychological damage, yet such exploitation is happening in Scotland today. The number of trafficking victims identified and rescued in Scotland rose by 46% in the two years up to 2015,” said Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. “The new Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act has already created a new offence of trafficking with a possible maximum life sentence. Today’s draft strategy sets out the approach to address trafficking and exploitation, aimed at exposing and eradicating these crimes.”

“We want to support victims to safety and recovery, identify and disrupt perpetrators, and address the conditions, local and global, that foster trafficking and exploitation. In order to do that, cross-border working, including continued support from Europol is absolutely vital,” he added. “I encourage anyone who has encountered such crimes – as a victim or witness or any other interested party – to have their say and help shape our action against these vile criminals. There must be no place to hide for them in Scotland.”

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