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Scotts Investigates Human Trafficking

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TEHRAN, March 30 (ICANA) – Scottish police is investigating a case of human trafficking in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was claimed by an Eastern European woman.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:08:21 PM
Scotts Investigates Human Trafficking

Last week the woman paid a visit to a sexual health clinic, aiming to find a refuge. She said to NHS staff she feared for so long from her violent partner.

After this revelation, council officials accommodated her in a very short time prior to the Migrant Helpline charity's moving her to another house.

"We can confirm that we are investigating a report of alleged human trafficking, and inquiries are currently at an early stage.

"Lothian and Borders Police is committed to identifying victims of human trafficking, and we will fully investigate any report or intelligence we receive where someone is identified as being subject to exploitation.

"We work closely with partners to provide support and assistance to victims, and we would encourage anyone who is a victim of human trafficking, or who has any information that can assist us in identifying potential victims, to contact us.

"Rest assured that any information we receive will be fully investigated, and treated in the strictest confidence," a Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said.

"NHS Lothian works closely with a range of partner organisations to provide support to individuals who may be affected by issues in the sex industry, gender-based violence or human trafficking.

"This includes running outreach clinics in local areas and specialised training sessions for our staff on identification and appropriate responses to gender-based violence," Dr Alison McCallum, of NHS Lothian, said.

"Human trafficking is an issue we take extremely seriously and when alleged victims are brought to our attention we will immediately contact our partners in the police, NHS and UK Border Agency to offer whatever support and help we can."

"We have procedures in place to ensure that where human trafficking is suspected, our staff report their suspicion to the relevant authorities and ensure the appropriate care, support and personal safety planning is in place for the individual," an Edinburgh City Council spokesperson said.

The coalition government announced its U-turn last week after Anti-Slavery International and the campaigning website 38 Degrees gathered over 46,000 signatures and presented to No 10 Downing Street aiming tackling the human traffickers.

The issue was brought up in Parliament on Tuesday. It was when the Prime Minister David Cameron was being criticised for not signing the measures. Britain and Denmark were two countries that refused to sign the measures.

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