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Get Equipped

As increasing numbers of vulnerable people migrate to Scotland, as financial hardship takes hold on families across our communities, as low paid labour shortage soars – the risk of human trafficking increases!  Most victims don't know they are a victim and so it is even more important that we all know how to spot the… Continue reading Get Equipped

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#Freedom #Dignity #Respect

Wow! So excited to be sharing our new tote bags! This is our latest way of spreading the word that human trafficking is happening under our noses. We believe everyone deserves to live in freedom with dignity and respect. Our vision is a Scotland where human trafficking has been eliminated and the survivors of trafficking… Continue reading #Freedom #Dignity #Respect

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Coming Clean

Only recently did I discover Burns took a job in the Caribbean. Even Scotland’s poetic hero benefitted from slavery.  Does this mean I want any of his statues to be torn down?  No.  You see I’m Welsh and for much of my life I blamed the English upper class for slavery, because they owned the… Continue reading Coming Clean

Campaigns

Nationalities & Borders Bill

The anti-slavery sector has expressed concern about the inclusion of modern slavery in the Nationality and Borders Bill and the preoccupation with viewing modern slavery through an immigration lens. The new Bill will mean thousands of victims of modern slavery missing out on the support they deserve, and criminals free to exploit them further. Many… Continue reading Nationalities & Borders Bill

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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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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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

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Weaving Creativity & Justice

Scottish artist, Linda Hoskins is a maker and Fine Art graduate of Grays School of Art.  Using light, landscape, colour and texture, she creates work that has an ethereal outcome.  She uses texture and a layering technique to create unique painting and want to draw you into a world of peace using colour to capture… Continue reading Weaving Creativity & Justice