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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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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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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

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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

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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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Financial Planners Walk for Victims

Fourteen of Edinburgh's wonderful Sutherland Independent staff team have participated in the national 2.6 challenge, raising funds for the vicitms of trafficking. This leading team of financial advisors, who have a track record in raising funds for charity, have used ten days of their lockdown exercise time to walk or run 2.6 miles and raise… Continue reading Financial Planners Walk for Victims

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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

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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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Women & Exploitation

Today is a global celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day was established in the 1900’s in the wake of growing women’s movements in Europe and the United States that demanded broader voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. The United Nations officially recognised International Women’s Day in… Continue reading Women & Exploitation