It is impossible to imagine what it is like to be trafficked.
Some people are abducted; others believe that they are being assisted towards a new life and are duped into becoming victims.
Some are groomed to such an extent that they believe that they are acting of their own free will, working to pay off debts that they incurred for being smuggled into the country.
That makes them very vulnerable because they believe that they are in control of their own destiny and are the ones committing the crime.
Rhoda has given her support to the following member’s motion :
Reviewing Arrangements for Managing Sex Offenders
That the Parliament notes that it has been more than 11 years since the murder of eight-year-old Mark Cummings by the convicted sex offender, Stuart Leggate, in Royston in Glasgow; commends what it sees as the courage and tenacity of Mark’s mother, Margaret-Ann, who has campaigned tirelessly to change the way in which serious sex offenders are managed; recognises that a justice sub-committee, convened by the Parliament in 2006, published 33 recommendations intended to protect children in Scotland’s communities, including a requirement for registered sex offenders to disclose information about previous convictions on housing applications; is concerned that this recommendation has still not been implemented by the Scottish Government;
Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government who has been awarded funding from the extra £20 million announced to help tackle violence against women.
Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant is calling on Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government to “see sense” over the one single objection that has been received to the A9 Berriedale Braes improvement scheme.
Following a series of questions to the Transport Minister, Highland MSPs Rhoda Grant revealed that one objector to the improvement schemes had taken forward an objection with Transport Scotland, which could result in a potentially lengthy Public Local Inquiry taking place in advance of work on the notorious A9 black spot, which could push back completion of the works into 2017.
Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on creating the four violence against women strategy working groups; when each of these groups has met; who chairs each group; who the members are; when they will report on progress, and when they will report their recommendations to the violence against women joint strategic board.
Alex Neil: Four expert groups focused on primary prevention, capability and capacity, justice and accountability are in the process of being established, and the membership and terms of reference will be agreed by the joint strategic board in due course. Those expert groups have been mandated to produce action plans which will be considered and approved by the joint strategic board.
Highland (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant has written to the Bank of Scotland criticising the proposed reduction of service hours at the Bonar Bridge branch in Sutherland.
The branch which had been open two days a week will be cut to one under new plans by the Bank of Scotland.
Mrs Grant had recently been contacted by Creich Community Council who expressed concerns that the only other local Bank of Scotland branches available to residents in Creich and Ardgay Community Council areas is Lairg which also faces a reduction in opening hours.
The resulting impact on the local community means that many residents and local business will face journeys of over fifty miles to carry out basic banking requirements.