Human trafficking bill passed in Scotland in 'historic' move

Laws dedicated to fighting human trafficking have been accepted throughout the United Kingdom as Scotland joined the other home nations last night in introducing legislation.

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted through the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill yesterday meaning that, in the space of one year, all parts of the UK have introduced anti-trafficking laws.

Christian campaign groups have had a major influence on the new legislation with CARE's CEO Nola Leach labelling last night's vote in Edinburgh as "historic."

"It really is amazing that in the last year all parts of the United Kingdom have introduced dedicated pieces of legislation to tackle the modern day tragedy that is human trafficking," said Leach.

"This trade violates the fundamental dignity of human beings as made in the image of God but now, thanks to the various Acts across the United Kingdom vulnerable victims of trafficking will receive support, assistance and above all a voice."

In January this year Northern Ireland's Assembly passed their human trafficking act and then in March the Modern Slavery Bill in Westminster received royal assent.

Leach praised the role Christians have played and said that yesterday was a great step in the fight against slavery.

"It has been encouraging to see Christians across the UK take their stand against human trafficking and it has been CARE's privilege to serve the church in helping draw attention to this issue.

"Our work goes on, however to ensure effective implementation of the laws to make sure victims receive the support they need and deserve and perpetrators are brought to justice."