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Solicitor General welcomes Bill for new human trafficking law

The Scottish Government has today introduced the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill which will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time in Scotland.

The Bill will clarify and strengthen criminal law by introducing a new single human trafficking offence and increasing the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.


The Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC said:

"The investigation and prosecution of those responsible for this modern day slavery is a priority for the Scottish prosecution service working with criminal justice partners across the UK. This Bill will help us rise to the challenge to disrupt the abhorrent trade in human beings. In particular the creation of a single offence of human trafficking for all types of exploitation for both adults and children clarifies and strengthens the law against traffickers. This with the added aggravation for other crimes means Scotland is, and will remain, a hostile place for those involved in this slavery of our times."