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Protect children from trafficking in Scotland


Five days before her 18th birthday, “Ruby” escaped her traffickers in Scotland, having endured two violent years of sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.1 After therapy and support from a specialised service, she began to rebuild her life.

Unfortunately, not all trafficked children in Scotland have access to the support “Ruby” received – but now there is an opportunity to change that.

The Scottish Government is currently working on new legislation that could provide vital support for trafficked children and those at risk of trafficking and slavery.2

Just a few simple amendments could drastically improve the legislation and make sure that children are protected and their abusers more easily brought to justice. This is where you come in.

Please urge the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, to ensure measures to protect children are included in the Scottish Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill.

Together we can protect children in Scotland and make the country a more unwelcome place for human traffickers.

Campaign updates

01 October 2015: Campaign Success! Following our petition delivery of over 6000 signatures to MSPs, Scottish Parliament voted through the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act, including important provisions for child victims of trafficking.  The passing of this Act will mean that thousands of at-risk children will get the support they need to stay protected from trafficking.

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ECPAT UK is the UK national representative of ECPAT International, a global network of 80 children's rights organisations in 74 countries. Since 1994, ECPAT UK's targeted and focused campaigns and activities have been successful in improving child protection, including the introduction of new UK legislation and the ratification of relevant international conventions, and in raising awareness about child trafficking, exploitation and the abuse of children by British sex offenders at home and abroad.

Care – Christian Action Research and Education

CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) is a well-established mainstream Christian charity providing resources and helping to bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives across the UK. CARE has campaigned for a better response to human trafficking for more than ten years.

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