Date lodged: 13 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to strengthen (a) monitoring, (b) data collection, (c) reporting and (d) staff training with regard to (i) human trafficking and (ii) hate crime.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 December 2016
The Scottish Government's Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy will be published by 31 May 2017 as required by the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015. This will set out the Scottish Government’s plans to address human trafficking in Scotland, including monitoring, data collection, reporting and staff training. The Scottish Government’s draft proposals in these areas are set out in the draft strategy (available at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/human-trafficking-team/a-human-trafficking-and-exploitation-strategy/) a public consultation on which recently closed.
In relation to hate crime, we accept the recommendations of the report of the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion, and will set out how we intend to take these forward in early 2017. This will include monitoring, data collection, reporting and staff training.