2022 Assembly


Few places are safe from human trafficking as victims of human trafficking have been identified in small and remote Scottish communities.


The Scottish government has launched a new awareness campaign to challenge the perception that human trafficking is confined to Scotland’s major towns and cities.
Even the most remote and rural areas of Scotland, are not exempt from trafficking, as indicated by recently published information from the Scottish government, identifying areas in the country where victims of trafficking had been located over the past five years. The information illustrates how close to home the issue can be.
All of Scotland’s major cities feature on the list, alongside smaller towns.
Justice secretary Michael Matheson said human trafficking was “an appalling abuse of human rights”.
Research published earlier in 2017 showed that 54% of people did not think it was an issue in their local area, but victims have been identified in 27 out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities over the last five years.
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Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.