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17th March 2014 - Jenny Marra MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to give effect to her private member’s bill on human trafficking.
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice wrote this morning to Jenny Marra indicating that the Scottish Government will give full effect to the final proposal before the end of the parliamentary session as is required under parliamentary rules.
The decision comes after more than 50,000 people supported the proposal for Scottish human trafficking legislation launched by Jenny Marra in September 2013, the third highest response rate to any consultation since devolution. The proposals were supported by world experts in human trafficking, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC who led the 2011 Equality and Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland, and Dr Ann Gallagher, a former UN advisor on human trafficking.
The consultation gained the support from a number of organisations such as the Faculty of Advocates and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young people, and earlier this month secured the support of MSPs from across parties in Holyrood.
Commenting, Jenny Marra MSP, said:
“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has accepted my proposals to combat human trafficking here in Scotland.
“The unique thing about these Scottish proposals is that they drill down into our public services to make our communities an unwelcome place for trafficking.
“I look forward to meeting with Kenny MacAskill to get a full understanding of the Government’s intentions. These proposals must be enacted in full. They work as a package with robust law and legal rights for victims to get the care that they need.
“Scotland will be a beacon to the world with these robust anti-trafficking laws once they are passed.”