Iain Gray MSP has given his support to the Scottish Co-operative Party’s month of action highlighting the growing problem of modern slavery.
The month of action is taking place between 13 September and 18 October to amplify the efforts of the Co-operative Party and wider co-operative movement to highlight the need for more to be done to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery.
The Co-operative Party is looking for councils to sign up to their Charter Against Modern Slavery and for MSPs to show their support for the campaign by signing the motion in the Scottish Parliament tabled by Johann Lamont MSP.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“Modern slavery is a growing problem across Scotland and the rest of the UK, with an estimated 160,000 people affected. I agree with the Co-operative Party’s charter that there should be “no place to hide for modern slavery” in public sector supply chains.
“Local authorities have an important part to play on this issue but the Scottish Government also need to support efforts in the public and private sector to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery.”
Find out more about the Co-operative Party’s campaign at https://party.coop/local/councillors/modern-slavery-charter/