Does slavery exist in Scotland today, panel will ask

By staff writers
August 6, 2013

Campaigners, police and public authorities will engage in conversation tomorrow night over the nature and extend of what amounts to slavery in modern Scotland.

Sex trafficking, the exploitation of migrant labour, domestic servitude are only a few examples of the human degradation that exist under that label today, they will argue.

The public conversation, part of Just Festival in Edinburgh, will ask how human exploitation can be tackled from a legal, social and political perspective.

At a highly practical level, speakers and participants will also look at what to do (and how we can know) when we come into contact with a trafficked person.

The conversation and dialogue takes place from 6-7.30pm in the hall at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road) in Scotland's capital on Wednesday 7th August.

The key speakers are Jeremy Alford from Hope for Justice (, and Detective Chief Superintendent Gillian Imery from the Scottish Police Divisional Crime and Public Protection unit.

Chairing the event will be Alexa Marion Anderson of Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (

Tickets can be bought in advance from the Hub and the Fringe online, or on the evening from the cash box office at St John's (Venue 27).

The Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

* 'Does slavery exist in Scotland today?'

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