Helpline reveals that slavery is big worry
Calls to a modern slavery helpline revealed 297 potential victims in 18 months, according to a report.
There were 172 calls and 34 online reports to the Modern Slavery Helpline relating to situations in Scotland between its launch in October 2016 and the end of March 2018, the report from charity Unseen found.
These indicated 82 cases involving 297 potential victims (PVs) of trafficking and exploitation in Scotland, as one case may involve several PVs.
Labour exploitation was the most common type of exploitation reported, comprising 60.9% of cases.
Almost a fifth of cases related to sexual exploitation, which was the second most prevalent form.
Car washes and nail bars were the most common locations of modern slavery reported.
Andrew Wallis, chief executive of Unseen, which runs the helpline, said: “With cases in 19 out of 33 Scottish counties, this report underlines that slavery is all around us.”