Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA)

ANOTHER vital organisation working to combat trafficking and exploitation in Scotland is Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA).

Their work was raised at the Just Festival session on slavery in Scotland today (7th August).

Newsletters from the TARA project provide regular updates on their work and the local, national and international developments on the issue of trafficking of women for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.

ATLAS (Action for Training and Learning for Asylum Seekers) is a TARA related project. "This project is in the very early stages of an audit of the Glasgow ‘sex industry’ to understand the scale of ‘trafficking’ in Glasgow, using the information to lay the foundations for the future development of our work. Trafficking is the fastest growing global criminal activity. It is generally accepted that where there is a ‘sex industry’ there are women trafficked to supply the demand generated.

"The project aims to assist women to flee their traffickers and rebuild their lives either in the UK or in their countries of origin. As the majority of trafficking victims are women trafficked for the ‘sex industry’, the project is targeting this group.

"The project has been working closely with Social Work Services, Health, the Legal Services Agency and the International Organisation for Migration in order to develop a specific service as a foundation for professional expertise in this area (promoting organisational capacity building), focused on prevention, protection and prosecution, as recommended by the UN Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings. For this issue, it is important to work closely with current and potential partners at local, national and international level to ensure the sharing of good practice and a consistent response for women."

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