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Human trafficking alert at 2014 Games

SPECIALIST officers in human trafficking are being drafted in to tackle any increase in organised sex crime in Scotland during the Commonwealth Games.

Strategy in place ahead of Games

With just under three months to go until the Glasgow 2014 Games, a strategy designed to tackle sex trafficking and prostitution is being put in place, together with a campaign aimed at changing attitudes around violence against women.

High-profile sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Olympics, have historically resulted in a spike in sex crimes because countries experience a large increase in population as athletes, officials and spectators visit host cities involved.

MSPs raised fears last year that the Games, which are expected to attract one million visitors to Glasgow, would lead to an influx of victims of human trafficking in Scotland.

Senior police officers say they do not expect an increase in criminal activity but they have devised an action plan with the help of officials who were involved in the London Olympics. It includes having specialist human-trafficking officers on standby to respond to any suspected cases.

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