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People Trafficking

Volume 705: debated on Monday 17 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To what extent measures to prevent the trafficking of people to and within Scotland differ from those in England; and whether any safe houses for victims of trafficking are available in Scotland. [HL6096]

The UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking is a document jointly published by the Home Office and the Scotland Government. The issues concerning trafficking are common across the UK. However, where there are Scottish specific actions—such as the need to minimise opportunities for trafficking for forced labour during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games—the Scottish Government lead on efforts to tackle this (under the ambit of the UK action plan).

The TARA project based in Glasgow provides support to women who have been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. This project has access to a range of social housing providers and has recently received pilot funding from the Scottish Government to extend the service to other parts of Scotland.