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Published, 1 June 2017

New Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy published by Scottish Government

A new Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy has been published by the Scottish Government.

The overall aim of the strategy is to eliminate human trafficking and exploitation. Within the strategy is three key 'Action Areas': identifying and supporting victims; identifying perpetrators and disrupting their activity; and addressing the local and global conditions that foster trafficking.

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament in October 2015 and received Royal Assent in November 2015. The first provisions came into force on 31 May 2016 and implementation of the rest of the Act is ongoing.

Trading adults and children as commodities and exploiting them for profit or personal benefit degrades victims and can cause lasting physical and psychological damage.

Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015