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Scottish Labour’s Jenny Marra MSP has lodged a consultation on a proposal for new anti-human trafficking legislation for Scotland with the support of Baroness Helena Kennedy, and world leading anti-trafficking expert Dr Anne T. Gallagher.
The consultation proposes a raft of measures to improve Scotland’s anti-trafficking response, based on EU law that came in to force in April this year and recommendations of the EHRC’s Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland.
The proposed legislation will define the crime of human trafficking in Scots law for the first time by enshrining the international gold standard definition, the UN’s ‘Palermo Protocol’ into law. It will 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. Furthermore, it proposes a new Survivors Service for victims of human trafficking, underpinned by a minimum set of standards for victims of human trafficking for the first time. The legislation will also compel the Scottish Government to publish an anti-trafficking strategy to be agreed by parliament every three years, which will outline how the Government is working with the police, crown office, private sector and others to stamp out human trafficking in Scotland.
You are invited to respond to this consultation by answering the questions in the
document and by adding any other comments that you consider appropriate.
Responses should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014 and sent to:
Jenny Marra MSP
Tel: 0131 348 6427