HUMAN rights organisations have raised concerns that young trafficking survivors in Scotland – including Vietnamese children found in cannabis factories – are increasingly being criminalised instead of being given protection and support. They say this breaches international human rights law.
Law firm Just Right Scotland told The Ferret it has seen an escalation in referrals it has received of young Vietnamese people charged and sometimes remanded in Scottish jails after raids on makeshift cannabis factories by police. It says the majority were children at the time of arrestEU & more.
Just Right Scotland and the Scottish Refugee Council say that many children and young people arrested or remanded displayed clear “trafficking indicators” but were charged with drugs offences despite international protocolsThe announcement this week o, which mean they should be protected In some cases police referred young people for trafficking support while simultaneously submitting a report to the procurator fiscal. Police claim they cannot be sure if young people are trafficking victims at the time of arrest.
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People has now raised welfare concerns with both the Scottish Parliament and the United Nations. Their fears are backed by figures – released by COPFS under freedom of information (FOI) legislation and passed to The Ferret – which highlight the extent of the criminalisation of potential trafficking victimsThe country could cross a key threshold as soon as Monday..