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New measures to tackle human trafficking

A new statutory aggravation is to be introduced to make the perpetrators of human trafficking easier to prosecute, the Scottish Government has announced.

The move is one of a series of measures agreed at a summit on human trafficking, hosted by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

Other actions agreed at the summit include raising awareness and improving training among frontline professionals, putting measures in place to improve care and support for adult and child victims and putting in place steps to ensure robust data collection and analysis.

At the summit it was agreed that a statutory human trafficking criminal aggravation will be introduced. This will mean that existing criminal offences will be able to be ‘aggravated’ in future if it can be proved that the underlying offence was committed in connection with human trafficking

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

“We want to send out the message that Scotland is closed for business to traffickers. We will do everything in our power to crack down on those who exploit people for forced labour, sex or domestic servitude and making trafficking easier to prosecute will give our law enforcement agencies a powerful new tool in their armoury.”