Evidence based policy and practice is cruicial to effectively eradicating human trafficking. 

We are working in partnership with universities to support quality, collaborative and applied research into human trafficking in Scotland.

See some of our recent publications:

Exploring how perpetrators of labour exploitation in Scotland use online platforms to recruit and what steps we can take to reduce it.

A partnership investigation into potential forced begging in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Consortium for Anti-Trafficking Research in Scotland (CATRiS)

We are delighted to have been part of the early thinking and inspiration for the recently launched Consortium for Anti-Trafficking Research in Scotland (CATRiS).

The Consoritum aims to:

– bring together key research stakeholders in anti-trafficking to identify opportunities for collaboration and knowledge transfer, exploring shared pathways and experience.

– focus on survivor-led, survivor-informed and practitioner experience research, foregrounding the voices and knowledge of those with first-hand experience of trafficking and its long-term implications.

It is anticipated that by encouraging and supporting collaboration we will be able to see the big picture and create opportunities for researchers, frontline staff and policy makers to connect, increasing understanding and identifying solutions to combat the increase of human trafficking in Scotland. One researcher on the trafficking of children in Scotland said he had ‘waited ten years for an initiative like this’. 

Professor Ali Watson, Managing Director of the Third Generation Project, University of St Andrews, which houses CATRiS, said: “In light of surges in human trafficking and labour exploitation referrals to Police Scotland in the wake of Brexit, CATRiS presents the opportunity to present a united front against what is an increasingly dire human rights crisis facing Scotland.”

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