Cases of human trafficking recorded by police in Scotland rose by 50% in a year, a report from the UK’s anti-slavery commissioner has revealed.
The data showed the number of cases of trafficking and exploitation increased from 179 in 2019 to 267 last year.
Yet despite 82 cases being reported to the Crown Office in the past two years, there were no convictions last year, with just five in the past four years.
The report, by the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, also showed that Police Scotland “further expanded” their National Human Trafficking Unit to 17 officers, including a detective chief inspector, two detective inspectors, four detective sergeants and 10 detective constables.
The report said the team also had “access to a range of specialist officers”, adding: “This has allowed the formation of a human trafficking inquiry team with dedicated intelligence cell.”
The IASC said the number of cases of human trafficking and exploitation recorded by Police Scotland included 288 cases of slavery or forced labour and 54 cases of sex trafficking in the past two years.
Thornton said: “While some progress has been made, there is still much to do to support victims. The successful prosecution of perpetrators remains infrequent and organised crime still regards trafficking in human beings as rewarding with a low risk of apprehension.”
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