As nail bars and beauty salons across Scotland re-open and we enjoy some of the luxuries that lockdown has denied us, take a moment – stop and think! Beauty is one of the high risk industries for trafficking and exploitation. Hidden in plain sight, human trafficking is prevalent in each of our towns and cities. So, behind your therapists smile there could be the murky world of violence and abuse. Be sure you know how to spot the signs of exploitation and what you can do when you have concerns. It will take you a few minutes to report suspicions and it could save a life!
Our guide below can help you to know what to look for and to do the right thing.
Human trafficking and exploitation has increased by over 125% in Scotland between 2018-2019. We believe everyone deserves to live in freedom with dignity and respect. We are committed to a slavery free Scotland, it will only be achieved if we all play our part.
Call to Action
There are ways that we can all be involved in being part of the solution to modern slavery and human trafficking in Scotland. Some as simple as raising awareness by following SOHTIS on social media and sharing our posts or volunteering skills, linking us with useful networking contacts and fundraising or donating funds.
Please get in touch to find out how you can join us in our support of survivors.
If you have suspicions, or concerns about anyone in your neighbourhood or your contact the MODERN SLAVERY HELPLINE on 0800 012 1700, if there is immediate danger contact POLICE SCOTLAND on 999