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Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy - First Annual Progress Report

The crimes of human trafficking and exploitation are human rights abuses which have long-lasting and profoundly damaging effects on victims. These are often hidden crimes which can be difficult to unearth and complex to investigate and prosecute. Trafficking and exploitation are widespread across the world and also take place within local communities across Scotland. They are highly profitable criminal activities which fund sophisticated organised crime networks.

The Scottish Government is clear that the existence of human trafficking and exploitation in Scotland – or anywhere – is unacceptable and cannot be ignored. The Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy, published in May 2017, sets out a clear vision: to work with partners to eliminate human trafficking and exploitation.

This first annual progress report sets out activity that has been undertaken since then to work towards this goal.