MSP reveals plan to end human trafficking

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LABOUR today unveiled plans for a new law to stamp out human trafficking in Scotland.

MSP Jenny Marra’s proposed bill would define the crime of human trafficking in Scots law for the first time, help stop the criminalisation of victims of trafficking by making it illegal to punish those who have been forced to commit crime as a result of their trafficking, and set up a new survivors service for victims of trafficking.

The legislation would also require the Scottish Government to publish an anti-trafficking strategy to be agreed by parliament every three years.

Ms Marra said: “One victim of human trafficking is found in Scotland every four days, yet only five people have ever been convicted of human trafficking offences in Scotland. It is time for Scotland to be a leader in protecting victims of modern-day slavery. This legislation will enable Scotland to tackle the scourge of human trafficking and I hope that it will receive the broad support, from all parties, which it deserves.”