Protect children from trafficking in Scotland

6 August 2015

Trafficking in ScotlandECPAT UK, Walk Free and CARE have launched a campaign calling on the Scottish Government to provide vital support for trafficked children in anti-trafficking legislation. 

Five days from her 18th birthday, ‘Ruby’ escaped her traffickers in Scotland, having endured two violent years of sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.[1] She had to tell her story to professionals 15 times. But after therapy and support from a specialised service, she began to rebuild her life. 

Not all children get access to the support Ruby received. Some trafficked children have been prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. Others go missing and are re-trafficked. Many endure years of abuse – but now there is an opportunity to change this. 

Call on the Scottish Government to take steps to protect children in Scotland from trafficking and modern slavery.

The Scottish Parliament will soon be debating the new Scottish Human Trafficking Bill.[2] This legislation is an opportunity to provide vital support for trafficked children and those at risk of trafficking and slavery. But we need your help to make it stronger – policy makers now have the chance to make the law better for children in Scotland.

As it stands, the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill does not go far enough to protect the most vulnerable of all – children. Just a few simple amendments could drastically improve the legislation and make sure that children are protected and their abusers more easily brought to justice. That’s where you come in.

Please take a moment to urge the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, to ensure measures to protect children are included in the Scottish Human Trafficking & Exploitation Bill.

You may remember that earlier this year we ran a successful campaign asking policy-makers to include protections for children in the England and Wales Modern Slavery Act. This shows that together we have the power to influence change, and with your help, we can do the same in Scotland.

Stand with us to protect children in Scotland and make the country an unwelcome place for human traffickers.



Copyright © ECPAT UK 2015.

Charity number: 1104948. Company Ltd by Guarantee: 5061385.
4A Chillingworth Road, London N7 8QJ. 
Tel: 020 7607 2136. Fax: 020 7700 5435.


Want to learn more about ECPAT UK and the work we do? Sign up to our regular e-news bulletin:


ECPAT UK is the leading expert voice on child trafficking in the UK and we offer a comprehensive training programme focused on safeguarding young people from trafficking, modern slavery, and transnational abuse. To find out more visit our training page

Latest updates

Governments must make good global promises on child labour

12th June 2017

ECPAT UK is calling on governments across the world to honour the commitment to eradicate child labour on global World Day Against Child Labour (12th June).

On this global…

Mayor of London prioritises anti-trafficking efforts

3 May 2017

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime have answered calls from NGOs to outline their plans to strengthen London’s response to human trafficking, after a staggering…

Record number of UK child trafficking cases reported in 2016

3 April 2017

Child trafficking referrals increased by 30% to 1,278 in 2016, the highest on record according to the latest figures from the National Crime Agency. 

The National…

New ECPAT UK project: Local authorities supported to innovate child trafficking responses

31 March 2017

ECPAT UK has been selected by the government to deliver an innovative project aimed at improving the local response to child trafficking and all forms of modern slavery and exploitation.

#LostinMigration exposes desperate circumstances for lone migrant children in Europe

1 March 2017

An influential coalition of children’s’ rights charities, including ECPAT UK, have today called on EU and national ministers to end the disappearance, suffering…

British child abuser guilty of 45 crimes against Thai and UK children

01 February 2017

Serial child abuser, and retired English teacher, Mark Frost, formerly Andrew Tracey, has pleaded guilty to 45 counts of rape and sexual assault of children in the UK and Thailand,…