We are delighted to have begun engagement with the faith communities exploring the vital role they can play in the eradication of human trafficking in Scotland. Our faith communities have a unique ability to connect with people who can assist in the identification of trafficking and with those who may be at risk of being trafficked and exploited.
Senior faith leaders joined with us in February 2019 commiting to working together to eradicate human trafficking in Scotland, uniting to ratify a joint statement.
‘As national Faith Leaders we recognise that human trafficking exists in Scotland. It is our fundamental conviction that all people are equal and entitled to the same rights of freedom, dignity and respect. We regard the exploitation of men, women and children as a crime against humanity and we reject trafficking and the activities it supports in our country and worldwide. As Faith Leaders, we commit to working with SOHTIS, the Scottish Government and other organisations to develop effective approaches to recognising and tackling human trafficking in Scotland and supporting the survivors.’STATEMENT RATIFIED BY FAITH LEADERS IN SCOTLAND, FEBRUARY 2019
Humza Yousaf, The Scottish Government, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who spoke at the event said, ‘Faith-based organisations are at the very heart of communities, with the ability to make a difference in neighbourhoods and congregations…. together we can make further progress in tackling trafficking and exploitation in our communities.’
We are continuing to support faith groups as they begin to educate and develop programmes of support within their organisations and across faith groups. Follow us on social media to follow developments.