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When Work Doesn’t Pay

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

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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

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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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Igniting Hope

Igniting Hope Kirsty Allan is the newest addition to the SOHTIS Team we are delighted to welcome her.  We asked Kirsty about her involvement in anti-trafficking work and her vision for this new Scottish role. We asked Kirsty Share a little bit of your experience being involved in anti-trafficking work? I have had the most… Continue reading Igniting Hope

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'I‘ve done some volunteering for International Justice Mission (IJM) over the years, (awareness raising, fundraising, supporting their events) which increased my understanding of modern-day slavery abroad. But it was when I met Joy Gillespie, Development Manager with SOHTIS at an IJM event, that my eyes began to open to the slavery going on right here… Continue reading

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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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‘1687’

In tribute to the Tumbling Lassie, Prestonfield House has specially crafted '1687' a unique and beautiful cocktail.  The Tumbling Lassie was a victim of slavery in Edinburgh in 1687, her story lives on, as sadly does slavery, which is considered by many to be the greatest human rights issue of our time.  Her story is… Continue reading ‘1687’

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Announcing the Largest Anti-Slavery Event in Scotland

The Tumbling Lassie is a heart-warming story of the rescue of a young girl from slavery in Edinburgh in 1687.  Despite the Judge in this particular case being recorded as saying, ‘we have no slaves in Scotland’, slavery is still very much present in Edinburgh and across Scotland in 2019.  In fact slavery is now… Continue reading Announcing the Largest Anti-Slavery Event in Scotland

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“Wee Short Legs that are Quite Old”

“Wee Short Legs that are Quite Old”! Continuing our blog series we introduce key members of the SOHTIS team and are inspired by their contribution to anti-human trafficking work. Hazel is a retired professor of Nursing, has been involved in anti-trafficking work on a voluntary basis for many years.  She sits on our SOHTIS Advisory… Continue reading “Wee Short Legs that are Quite Old”

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Pope Francis Blesses Anti-Trafficking Initiative

His Holiness Pope Francis has sent a personal message of support and blessing to the Slavery: A Faith Based Response, Inter-Faith Seminar hosted by SOHTIS on Monday 29 April 2019 by charity.  With increasing numbers of victims of trafficking being identified in Scotland, the Seminar which was held at Dundas Castle, South Queensferry, Scotland, created… Continue reading Pope Francis Blesses Anti-Trafficking Initiative