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New human trafficking bill for Scotland, 17/03/14 [S]

A dedicated Human Trafficking Bill for Scotland is to be introduced by Scottish Ministers.

The proposals, announced by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, will:

  • Consolidate and strengthen existing criminal law against human trafficking.
  • Enhance the status of and support for the victims of trafficking.
  • Give statutory responsibility to relevant agencies to work with the Scottish Government to develop and implement a Scottish Anti-Trafficking Strategy

Scottish legislation on human trafficking will be introduced in this parliamentary session. The exact timing will depend on the final legislative programme, which will be announced by Ministers later this year.

Criminal law relating to human trafficking is devolved to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament, although border control and immigration are reserved.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

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New human trafficking bill for Scotland