OFFICERS in the Borders have taken part in a day of action to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Police carried out visits to car washes and taxi firms and spoke to owners and staff across the South of Scotland and West Lothian, giving them advice about how to report any concerns and the support available to victims on Monday, May 15.

Dozens of premises were also visited across the country and Police Scotland officers were supported by colleagues from HM Revenue and Customs, Immigration Enforcement, British Transport Police and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston said: "Our action yesterday was about highlighting and raising awareness of human trafficking which is happening in communities across Scotland now. We know that people are being trafficked into and around Scotland on a daily basis for the purpose of labour or sexual exploitation.

“Tackling trafficking is a priority for Police Scotland and we will use all of the means at our disposal to tackle trafficking and those who seek to enslave others. This includes working with partners and across national and international borders.

“I would encourage people to be aware of what is happening in their community, to have social and ethical awareness, and to report concerns that someone may be a victim of trafficking to Police Scotland.”

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