Trafficking and exploitation are forms of modern slavery, in which persons, most often women and girls, are forced, threatened, coerced or deceived for the purpose of sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and domestic servitude. 

Scotland has a flourishing sex industry and women are trafficked to meet the demand that it creates.

Trafficking is fuelled by demand for goods and services and male demand is a driver for commercial sexual exploitation.

TARA understands that commercial sexual exploitation is a form of violence against women, and that it is harmful to women, families and entire communities. We know that women are trafficked into and around Scotland each year and exploited in all aspects of the sex industry, including lap and table dancing, stripping, prostitution, escort services, internet sites and pornography.