Stop traf­fick­ers

Daily Record - - CORONAVIRU­S CRISIS -

HU­MAN traf­fick­ing is an in­ter­na­tional scourge and only a global ap­proach will tackle it.

While there are do­mes­tic vic­tims of traf­fick­ing, the ma­jor­ity are from abroad and in Scot­land the high­est num­ber are Viet­namese.

So Po­lice Scot­land’s re­cruit­ment of Viet­namese of­fi­cers is a pro­gres­sive step to­wards root­ing out mod­ern slav­ery in our coun­try.

As As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Judi Heaton has high­lighted, traf­fick­ing vic­tims are trapped in a “liv­ing hell”, im­pris­oned and abused, with those in sex­ual slav­ery raped mul­ti­ple times a day.

As a news­pa­per we are de­ter­mined to raise aware­ness of this vile crime be­cause the pub­lic have a vi­tal role in re­port­ing po­ten­tial traf­fick­ing in busi­nesses, from broth­els to car washes.

Only with a united front and cross-bor­der polic­ing with coun­tries such as Viet­nam can we win the war on traf­fick­ing.

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