New powers to tackle human trafficking come into force
Police can now apply to courts for a Trafficking and Exploitation Risk Order.
New powers aimed at tackling human trafficking have come into force in Scotland.
Police can now apply to courts for a Trafficking and Exploitation Risk Order when they believe someone may commit a trafficking offence.
The two-year order can restrict movement within the UK and limit internet use.
Prosecutors say the order, which comes into force on Tuesday, provides them with a new tool to tackle the crime.
Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: "The exploitation of people often those in vulnerable circumstances is a deplorable act.
"While this crime is a worldwide problem, people should be under no illusion that it is happening across Scotland, and not just in our cities.
"We are tackling this crime by toughening the law and alerting the public through our awareness campaign."
He added: "If you suspect trafficking activity in your community, I urge you to report it you could just save someone from a life of miserable servitude."
The lord advocate, James Wolffe QC, said: "I welcome the introduction of Trafficking and Exploitation Risk Orders.
"The orders provide Scotland with an additional tool to tackle the global trade in human beings and prevent both physical and psychological harm."