In the regular Scottish insert part of BBC Breakfast this morning at 06:26am, we heard this scary headline:
‘The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland has gone by more than 50% in two years. Figures released by the UK crime agency show around a third were children. 228 cases were reported to police Scotland last year.’
Wait a minute, didn’t they report that only a few weeks ago? They did:
Are they trying to scare my mum?
So, did they report the 2017 figures really late or are we getting the 2018 ones really quickly?
I see there was dramatic 42% increase from 2016, but only a 7% increase from 2017 to 2018. Could that be good news? Ah, not so newsworthy?
As always, BBC Scotland News came context-free, so I checked out their sources and found this:
So, people trafficking is 28 times more common in England than it is in Scotland and the trafficking of children is 51 times more common. England has only 10 times the population.