As part of International Women’s Day, Dame Anne joint hosted an event with Aberdeen Cyrenians’ Violence Against Women Project to raise awareness on human trafficking in the North East which was attended by over a hundred people.
Dame Anne invited Jenny Marra MSP, Co-Convenor of the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking and Bronagh Andrews, Assistant Operations Manager at the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) Project to speak at the event on the prevalence of human trafficking and the need for a more co-ordinated response.
Dame Anne said: “Due to its nature, it can be difficult to ascertain the nature and extent of human trafficking. However, I am sure that this evening will show that everyone can help play their part by raising awareness on this issue.”
Joining Jenny and Bronagh on a panel to address questions from the audience were Detective Chief Inspector David Hadden and Fiona Whitehouse, Depute Manager of Cyrenians’ Violence Against Women Project. Fiona said: “The aim of this evening’s event is to raise awareness of human trafficking in the North East of Scotland, with a particular focus on the harm caused to women who are trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.”