'The Scotsman' reports on the situation of children exploitation in Scotland. Children are being trafficked into types of exploitation including domestic servitude, forced marriage and sex slavery.
Academics say 60 children from Scotland have been reported to the authorities via the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking, since 2012. Children referred to the NRM have been victims of various types of exploitation and abuse including sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, physical abuse, criminality, benefits fraud and female genital mutilation. Kevin Hyland, the UK’s independent anti-slavery commissioner, warned that children living in the UK are being trafficked around the country for sexual exploitation, often by their own families. Daljeet Dagon, a children’s service manager with Barnardo’s Scotland, said the internal trafficking of children for sexual exploitation was a significant problem in Scotland, with the true figure likely to be much higher than those reported to the authorities.
Last month, the Faculty of Advocates called for victims of trafficking to be given more protection from prosecution in law.