New powers to tackle human trafficking and exploitation come into force

Written by Jenni Davidson on 30 June 2017 in News

Trafficking and exploitation prevention orders can be used to impose restrictions on people who have been convicted of exploitation offences

Human trafficking - Image credit: British Red Cross

New powers to tackle human trafficking and exploitation come into force from today.

Trafficking and exploitation prevention orders (TEPOs) can now be used by the courts to impose restrictions on people who have been convicted of trafficking and exploitation offences.

TEPOs can introduce a range of restrictions such as stopping someone employing staff, working with children and vulnerable people or travelling to certain countries for a minimum of five years.

Breaching a TEPO will be a criminal offence.

Trafficking and exploitation risk orders (TEROs), which can be granted where a person has demonstrated a risk of committing a relevant offence, will come into force in October.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We will continue to make Scotland an increasingly hostile place for those who treat other human beings as commodities.

“These new powers for the police and courts will help to further protect the public from harm.

“We have already strengthened the law, creating a specific offence of human trafficking for the first time. Now we are making sure that action can be taken when a person poses a continuing risk.

“We are working hard to eradicate trafficking and exploitation in Scotland and providing high quality support for victims who have suffered physical and psychological harm.”

Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC also welcomed the introduction of the orders.

He said: "We welcome the introduction of Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Orders.

“They will give courts across Scotland an additional tool to combat the global trade in human beings.”

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, Police Scotland Human Trafficking Unit, added: "We welcome all additional opportunities and tactics to disrupt human trafficking activities.

"Human trafficking is a priority for Police Scotland and we continue to target those who control, abuse and exploit others by working collaboratively with partners, such as the Scottish Government, to ensure Scotland is a hostile environment for this sickening trade."

 

Tags

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

Scottish Government announces new support service for families of homicide victims
20 April 2018

Victim Support Scotland will receive £13.8m for a homicide service and to develop a victim-centred approach to criminal justice

Breakthrough in forensics to hand investigators a new tool in fight against wildlife crime
20 April 2018

With illegal traps often placed in remote locations, investigators have previously struggled to collect evidence of wrong doing

MSPs vote in favour of creating safe drug injection rooms
20 April 2018

Glasgow City Council wants to set up an injection room, but would need the support of the UK Government

Cyber security in Northern Ireland
18 April 2018

Event report: Cybercrime is the most secure way of committing crime, insists Klaid Magi, a leading European expert on the threat levels and how to combat them, “and everybody knows it."

Share this page