New Human Trafficking powers come into effect in Scotland

New powers to tackle human trafficking have come into effect in Scotland. The new powers allow courts to impose special prevention orders on people convicted of trafficking and exploitation offences. The orders can impose a range of conditions on offenders such as preventing them from employing staff and, working with children or traveling to certain countries.

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.”