Campaigns

Wear Black Walk Silent

Was it only ten days ago that I joined the silent caterpillar of about 80 people, mostly dressed in black and walking in single file through yummy mummy Stocksbridge, Edinburgh? Participating in this event, lasting a little over an hour, generated some enduring images and insights. I’m no Ivan Denisovich but have written about one… Continue reading Wear Black Walk Silent

Campaigns

Walk for Freedom

On the 16th of October, SOHTIS in partnership with Broughton High Scool, Edinburgh, hosted A21’s 7th annual Walk for Freedom. Politicians, campaigners and faith leaders came together with abolitionists all over the world, to shine a spotlight on modern slavery and human trafficking.  Human trafficking, the buying and selling of men, women and children has… Continue reading Walk for Freedom

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Justice Shall Be Done You

Coltsfoot is a flower that is inconspicuous in appearance, often ignored by travellers passing by. Despite the ignorance of the world, Coltsfoot still grows strong, blooming within obscurity. It wasn’t until a botanist recognised this humble flower for its remarkable scent that remains during a season when all others have faded. With the help of… Continue reading Justice Shall Be Done You

Research

When Work Doesn’t Pay

'When Work Doesn't Pay' explores how perpetrators of labour exploitation in Scotland use online platforms to recruit.

Supporters

Lockdown = Freedom

Your LOCKDOWN can bring FREEDOM. Here is how! It’s Scotland.  It’s Spring.  It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s raining.    You want to sit on the sofa, eat stodge and keep cosy but you also want to ‘do your bit’.  Well now you can!  The Virtual Kiltwalk has announced that YOU CAN “DECIDE ON on YOUR CHALLENGE and as… Continue reading Lockdown = Freedom

Campaigns

#choosetochallenge

Women victims of human trafficking experience higher levels of PTSD than those fleeing from war or mass violence. #choosetochallenge exploitation.

Be Informed

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

Be Informed

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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40 Day Challenge

The target was two people, 400 miles, 40 days! The inspirational Craig and Nina Mearns raised their glasses as they celebrate hitting the target on 4 May 2020 and raising over £1,000 to support survivors of human trafficking in the East of Scotland. Mission complete! Craig & Nina celebrate their achievement! A huge thank you… Continue reading 40 Day Challenge

Be Informed

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