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Human Trafficking: Duty to Notify Consultation Event

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Mercure Inverness Hotel

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IV1 1DX

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It is widely recognised that human trafficking is a hidden and often complex crime and therefore the true scale of the problem is unknown. Victims can be reluctant to acknowledge the situation they are in and accept that
they may be the victim of an offence. There are many reasons for this including fear and a lack of trust of authorities, fear of reprisals from their traffickers and a lack of awareness that there are agencies who can support them to safety and recovery.


The only available data on the numbers of trafficking victims in Scotland is taken from the UK National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is a framework for identifying potential victims of trafficking and ensuring they receive appropriate support and assistance. It was introduced in 2009 to meet the UK’s obligations
under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.


Since the NRM’s introduction, recorded numbers of victims have increased across the UK. In Scotland there has been a 130% increase in referrals to the NRM in the last 6 reported years (99 in 2013 to 228 in 2018). Although not its primary purpose, the NRM is the only significant mechanism for accruing and processing data about trafficking and exploitation in the UK. For those victims that do not consent to enter the NRM, no data is recorded.


On 16 June 2019 the Scottish Government launched a public consultation on section 38 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) 2015; duty to notify and provide information about victims.


https://consult.gov.scot/justice/duty-to-notify-and-provide-information/


Section 38 of the Act, places a duty on specified Scottish public authorities to provide information to Police Scotland about a person(s) who is, or appears to be, a victim of an offence of human trafficking or of slavery, servitdue and forced or compulsory labour. Once Police Scotland receive this information they must notify a third party about the person who is, or appears to be, a victim of either a section 1 or 4 offence.


This event is an opportunity for you to hear directly from the Scottish Government on the proposals contained in the consultation paper and to provide feedback on these. The agenda for the event is below:


0930 – 1000 Registration/Network

1000 – 1020 Scottish Government: What is duty to notify?

1020 – 1040 Victim Case Study

1040 – 1120 Workshop 1: Who should be subject to the duty to notify?

1120 – 1140 Police Scotland National Human Trafficking Unit

1140 – 1220 Workshop 2: Who should Police Scotland pass information to?

1220 – 1230 Close


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