Supporters

#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

Events

FUNdraising to the Fore!

Anyone involved in the third (or what used to be called the voluntary) sector will know that a constant agenda item to be addressed by charities is fund raising. Fund raising is not usually much fun but, as some of the photographs below testify on this occasion the SOHTIS golf day was a big hit… Continue reading FUNdraising to the Fore!

SOHTIS team

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

#NotInOurName

We're proud to have co-signed this important statement: “We must act – in Scotland – to use the powers we have to object, to stand with our fellow human beings through practical action, and to say loudly and clearly: not in our name.”

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

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

Be Informed

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