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Nose in a Book

Book Week Scotland 2020 is almost here! A wonderful week of indulgent celebrating for all of us avid readers.  As I use it as another excuse to stick my nose in a book and research my wish list of all my next reads.  I have been reflecting on some grim but essential reading I have… Continue reading Nose in a Book

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Nail Bars Re-open in Scotland

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.… Continue reading Nail Bars Re-open in Scotland

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21st Century Trailblazers

In 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Texas announcing the end of the civil war and the final group of African Americans free.  The day came more than two years after the emancipation proclamation. 157 years on, despite the tireless and courageous work of abolitionists and the ownership of people being illegal in each… Continue reading 21st Century Trailblazers

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The Sound of Quiet

The streets are empty, the shops are closed, the sound of quiet.  Nothing seems normal at present; social distancing is the new norm.  Where are the car wash workers?  Where are the nail bar workers?  Where are the women and men trapped in sex slavery?  Where are those being forced to cultivate drugs? Life may… Continue reading The Sound of Quiet

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Women & Exploitation

Today is a global celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day was established in the 1900’s in the wake of growing women’s movements in Europe and the United States that demanded broader voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. The United Nations officially recognised International Women’s Day in… Continue reading Women & Exploitation

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The Social Injustice that is Human Trafficking

Today on World Social Justice Day and every day of the year, SOHTIS is committed to ‘Closing the Inequalities Gap’ which lead to human trafficking. Social justice is described as equal access to wealth, opportunities and privileges within society. SOHTIS advocates for social justice, as its counterpart- social injustice in the form of poverty, unemployment… Continue reading The Social Injustice that is Human Trafficking

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Saying No to Slavery in Scotland

On Anti-Slavery Day, take three minutes to watch our video and find out more about human trafficking! It's closer than you think!

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Selling Out to Slavery

How many slaves work for you? 400 years ago, global trade depended on transatlantic slavery. Modern Slavery is an ethical epidemic in the 21st-century world too, and it is part of our everyday lives. In Scotland, the greatest number of victims of human trafficking are in forced labour. Our shopping habits and the lack of… Continue reading Selling Out to Slavery