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A threefold rise in children being trafficked into Scotland.
They're being forced to work on cannabis farms, in the sex
TRANSLATION: A person brought a gun to threaten me. He asked me to stay
inside, not make any noise. If someone hears me inside, they would
kill me. who've been trafficked,
in an exclusive report. Also on the programme:
A drink-driver admits causing the death of a woman in a crash,
as he fled from police She was on her way home
from her son's wedding. I thought 40, 50 or 60. At 80, that
set the whole family back, definitely.
sports decide a united approach is best, as they build
And conservationists and landowners team up, to learn more about
There's been a threefold rise in children being trafficked
into Scotland, with the highest numbers from Vietnam.
The BBC has also learnt that seven children subsequently
disappeared from care, thought to have been taken
In this exclusive report our political correspondent Lucy Adams
has been to meet some of those who've been trafficked.
This boy was sent to Scotland in the lorry when he was 15. As part of the
journey, he remembers walking through forest for days. When he
arrived, he had no idea what country he was in.
TRANSLATION: In the early days, my mind was full of fear and concern.
Two of the Vietnamese boys he was with then disappeared. Because those
two fled, I was even more scared. His story is not unique. Figures
obtained by the BBC show that over 100 children have been trafficked
obtained by the BBC show that over into Scotland in the past six years,
and more than half of them came from Vietnam. A quarter have been forced
to work in cannabis plantations, another quarter in the sex industry.
More than 10% became domestic slaves behind closed doors. Others are on
our high streets, forced to work in nail bars. I think it is a growing
problem because of the refugee crisis. There are many children on
the move. It is the tip of the iceberg, because we only see those
lucky enough to escape will be rescued from a situation. There are
probably a lot of children we don't know about that are being exploited
in different situations. For those trafficked into Scotland, the
nightmare does not necessarily end once they escape. Seven Vietnamese
children have since disappeared, thought to have been abducted by the
very gangs that brought them here. That includes a 15-year-old, feared
to have been abducted in Glasgow last summer. This boy's parents died
when he was ten. A gang found him and forced to work a shoeshine boy.
They then put him into the back of a lorry. We cannot show his face
because he lives in fear of the gangs who brought him here.
TRANSLATION: A person brought a gun to threaten me. He asked me to stay
inside, not make any noise. If someone hears me inside, they would
kill me. They said if I don't work, they would kill me. Scotland is a
long way from Vietnam, but experts say the global refugee crisis means
the numbers trafficked here will continue to rise, and that more
support is required to ensure that once rescued these children do not
go missing again. Lucy joins me now. How big a problem
in Scotland is this? Part of the problem is that by its very nature
this is a hidden crime. The charity say there is an estimated 13,000
victims of trafficking currently held captive around the UK. But
these figures show that this is something which is getting a bigger
problem in Scotland. Because Scotland is distant, geographically,
from some of the main smuggling routes in the south-east of England,
sometimes there is an assumption that we are exempt from the problem.
These figures show that is not the case. Experts also say that despite
seeing these figures, this is just the tip of the iceberg, because all
they know about is the children who have been rescued and found, mainly
in police raids. They don't know about those still being forced to
work behind closed doors. Couldn't they run away, many of them? A
number of them are working in nail bars in high streets around
Scotland. As you say, it is not as if they are held behind bars. But
whereas hundreds of years ago the bonds of Labour were shackles that
you could see, now they are invisible. They are being held by
fear. Many of them may be debt bonded to their captors, and they
are held by threats to their lives, to the lives of their families, and
the fact that they are children in a foreign country where they do not
speak the language. A drink-driver has admitted causing
the death of a woman in a crash, as she returned home
from her son's wedding. 57-year-old Marie Laurie had
just got into a taxi with her husband, when it was hit
by a car being chased Today the High Court in Glasgow
heard that the driver, 21-year-old Steven Bennie,
was travelling at 80 miles an hour Steven Bennie, in the suit, was 20
years old in November last year, with only a provisional licence
when, after drinking enough with friends to put him over the
drink-drive limit, he refused to stop when police tried to pull him
over. Marie Laurie had just got into a taxi with her husband, on their
way home from her son's wedding. The court heard that after Steven
Bennie, who was driving in an Astra, sped off from the police coming
switched off his headlights and was driving at around 80 miles proud in
a 30 mph zone. In the taxi, James was handing his wife, Marie Laurie,
the flowers she had been given at the wedding. When Steven Bennie's
car hit the taxi, it did so with such impact that the taxi spun
round. Marie Laurie lost consciousness a few minutes later
and despite the actions of the lease and paramedics, she died. Her
husband survived but sustained multiple injuries including rib
fractures and a laceration to his liver. Marie Laurie's family were
clearly shocked when they heard the speed that Steven Bennie was doing.
I know it was a 30 mph zone. I thought maybe 60 mph, but it set the
whole family back when we heard that. It was his wedding that Marie
Laurie had been at. The family are pleased that Steven Bennie has
admitted his guilt and they can be left to grieve. Marie Laurie was a
admitted his guilt and they can be much loved mother, stepmother,
grandmother and aunt. Peacemaker. My mum was just a very genuine woman.
Nice. She got on with anybody. I have said this many times. She got
on with anybody. She loved her family. Steven Bennie was remanded
in custody and will be sentenced next month. The judge told him he
will be given a prison sentence. The winner of the Labour
party's leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith
will be announced at a special conference
in Liverpool tomorrow morning. Our political correspondent
Nick Eardley is in Is a Jeremy Corbyn victory now seen
as inevitable, Nick? Sally, I think the expectation is
that Jeremy Corbyn will be confirmed Labour leader tomorrow in the
conference centre on the beautiful banks of the River Mersey. The
question is how big he will win, and whether or not it means his internal
opponents have two, at least for now, put their criticism to one
side. One thing to watch out for is whether the margin between Jeremy
Corbyn and his challenger, Owen Smith, is any less in Scotland.
People I have spoken to expect that Owen Smith will get a bigger margin
of the vote in Scotland, although there is not a sense that he will
necessarily win north of the border. What about the indications for
Scotland, because Kezia Dugdale publicly backed Owen Smith. What
might a Jeremy Corbyn victory mean for relations between the UK and the
Scottish party? Kezia Dugdale said last month that she did not think
Jeremy Corbyn had wide enough appeal to lead the Labour Party to a UK
general election victory. One of the questions that Kezia Dugdale will
face if Jeremy Corbyn does win tomorrow is whether she has changed
her mind, and if he is in power in the Labour Party leading up to a
general election, whether she thinks it is a lost cause. What I expect
tomorrow is that Jeremy Corbyn will say, we need to wipe the slate
clean, get behind whoever the leader is and move forward as a party. I
think you will hear something similar from Kezia Dugdale tomorrow.
She will want to give the message of unity to say, let's stop fighting
each other and spend more time fighting political opponents. But
the key differences and the key personalities are likely to remain
the same. And whether those differences can be solved moving
forward, that remains to be seen. A lovely sunset behind you in
Liverpool. Thank you. A woman has been charged
with culpable homicide, in connection with the death
of a man in East Ayrshire yesterday. 41-year-old Martin Gorman was found
with serious injuries at a home in Kilmarnock in the early hours,
but he later died in hospital. Lisa Burnett, who's 28,
made no plea or declaration at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court
and was released on bail, Rangers striker Kenny Miller has
been arrested in connection with an alleged disturbance
at a restaurant The incident happened at Da Luciano
in Bothwell on Saturday the 10th of September,
hours after Rangers lost Police Scotland confirmed that
a 36-year-old man had been arrested and was the subject of a report
to the Procurator Fiscal Edinburgh Council has ordered
a survey of its buildings, following the closure of 17 schools
earlier this year due ?500,000 has been set aside
for the checks on buildings constructed at about the same
time as the schools. It started with the collapse of this
wall, and similar construction flaws were discovered at other PFI schools
in Edinburgh. 17 were closed. Repairs done, pupils back in class,
Edinburgh Council have now ordered a survey of other city buildings to
check whether the problems are more widespread. The surveys will focus
on building is built around the same time using a similar design model as
the ones where problems have been uncovered. The council are refusing
to say exactly which buildings engineers will be looking at, but
there are dozens on the list. Described as precautionary, ?500,000
has been set aside for work councillors hope will reveal nothing
new. You can't rule it out and that is the reason for the survey,
although so far the buildings are perfectly sound. Nevertheless, it
seems prudent, having discovered problems in the school buildings, to
look at others with a similar design, to satisfy ourselves they
are completely safe. Last month a BBC investigation revealed
construction defects at schools elsewhere in Scotland. This
architect believes others should follow Edinburgh's decision to look
beyond the school estate. The incredible thing that Fiona Walker's
investigation threw up was the extent, the possible extent of how
many failings there are potentially in each of those schools. I am
many failings there are potentially puzzled but not surprised. I think
it is overdue. The surveys are expected to take a few months. All
the while, an independent enquiry into the school closures continues,
with a report due by the end of the year.
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A reminder of tonight's top story:
New figures show a threefold rise in children
Conservationists and landowners team up to learn more about the threats
Three of Scotland's most successful sports have
is best as they build for the future.
A record-breaking Team GB brought home 67 Olympic medals,
and at the Paralympics, another record haul of 147 medals
Now it's time to build on that success here in Scotland,
with a new approach to maximise results.
I am here at Stirling, Scotland's University for sporting excellence,
and high-level talks are about to begin. The Chief Executive is of
Scottish athletics, cycling and swimming believe that a united
approach will better profit all of their sports. So who are the main
players? Mark Munro, interim Chief Executive of Scottish athletics.
Craig Byrne, Chief Executive of Scottish cycling, and the Chief
Executive of Scottish swimming. They Scottish cycling, and the Chief
firmly believe a united front could benefit their sports in the
organisation, participation, performance and also commercially.
By having a product, there is more choice for people, particularly if
you look at selling a family product. Not everyone wants to cycle
necessarily, or to run or swim, but hopefully if we can package and
promote something we will get best value for everybody's resource.
Athletics made a decision six years ago to focus on developing clubs,
supporting volunteers and support working with coaches, putting
coaching the athlete at the heart of sport, and we are starting to see
the benefits now. It is about starting to take advantage of those
results, the political and public opportunities they present to
promote sport. There are lots of good ideas in athletics but it is
good to look at what other sports are doing. Sometimes you think we
are doing similar things but slightly differently, so the slight
differences make you think, that is something we had not thought of. It
will take time to build the system into a Scottish regional, national
system and ultimately being selected on to GB. We know if we get them on
GB, they are in the best system in the world, as has been proven over
the last three Olympics cycles. Out of the meeting, something that has
been reinforced is the importance of our clubs, coaches and supporting
performance athletes. We will go away and double our efforts on that
front. The talks will continue. The three sports say they are committed
to a united approach for years to come.
Paralympic gold medallist Gordon Reid has told BBC Scotland
of being wheelchair tennis's world number one.
The 24-year-old is confident he can hang onto the ranking
he achieved following some brilliant form this year,
in which he's won four Grand Slam titles,
as well as Paralympic gold and silver in Rio.
It is a good pressure to have, yeah, it's not gone to be easy, there are
a lot of good players in our sport, at the top of the men's game, so it
is going to be tough, people are going to be gunning for me, but I
will do my best to try to stay at there.
Other stories from across the country:
Children who were treated at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital
after an E.coli O157 outbreak in Carnoustie have been discharged.
Some of the children were confirmed to have the infection,
A possible link with a national outbreak,
in which a three-year-old girl from Dunbartonshire died
and 21 other people were infected, is being investigated.
Plans to load the damaged oil rig Transocean Winner onto a giant
transportation ship have been postponed because of the weather.
Salvage experts had been hoping to begin the operation
but high winds mean it's no longer possible.
The rig ran aground on the island last month,
after breaking its tow line during a storm.
Six homes were flooded in the Liberton area of Edinburgh
this morning after a burst water main.
Other parts of the city lost water supplies or experienced low pressure
following the burst, which happened around 1am.
for a new conservation zone in the seas around Tiree and Coll.
The proposed Special Protected Area is being set up to protect colonies
of common eider duck and great northern diver,
which winter on the seas around the islands.
Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland, which was a youth hostel
for six decades, has been sold to a London investment fund.
The 40-room baronial mansion was completed in 1907
and first owned by the then Duchess of Sutherland.
It was described as the jewel in the crown of Scottish hostelling,
but was badly damaged by winter weather several years ago.
The castle had been on the market for less than ?1 million.
The Wigtown Book Festival got under way today.
The ten-day long event is now the second biggest of its kind
It attracts a host of top politicians, broadcasters
and literary figures, including Graeme Macrae Burnet,
who's been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
There is a lot more competition in the festival world now than there
was ten years ago, there are something like 300 book festivals
all over the country, so you always fighting for authors' time, fighting
for publishers' attention. The Old Firm rivalry is
the fiercest in Scottish football, but many believe
it's closely followed by the Aberdeen versus Rangers
fixture. The pair meet on Sunday for the
first time since the Ibrox club's financial meltdown four years ago,
so just why is there a deep rooted rivalry between two
clubs 150 miles apart? Here's our senior football reporter,
Chris Mclaughlin. Some say it was sparked after a
sickening tackle in this match in 1988. I remember there was a few
people around the ball, I was on the touchline, the ball squirted out
ball. He came straight through him. ball. He came straight through him.
-- his eye. He still went on to have a very good career, but he could
have had a very good career. Ian Durant sustained ligament damage and
was out of action for two years, but one Aberdeen legendary members
asking a local about the rivalry years before. I said, what is it
with Rangers, Rangers and Celtic, who do you hate most? One of them
says, in the Aberdeen dialect, we don't mind Celtic, but we hate
Rangers. So even then, there was a kind of vitriolic hatred against
Rangers. Some believe it was down to the arrival of another Glaswegian to
the north-east. When Alex Ferguson took over, made Aberdeen the team it
became a 1980s, it very unusual for Rangers to beat Aberdeen, and so you
could imagine that the potential for resentment there on the brain just
fans, of course, that was reciprocated, if you like, by the
Aberdeen fans. Today the rivalry has taken it was - some Aberdeen fans
are planning a minute's applause in mock memorial of a club they believe
are planning a minute's applause in died in 2012. They wind us up. It is
just football banter, really, I do not think it should cause any
offence. But even a former captain of England
admit it is a game not to be underestimated. A lot of people say
about the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic, but Aberdeen against
Rangers is pretty intense, real hatred, that is, right at there.
Where once league titles were at stake, and Sunday it is purely about
bragging rights, that and the renewal of old rivalries.
A research project has been trying to find out
why so many hen harrier nest sites fail in Scotland.
Shooting estates have long been accused of disturbing the nests.
Now land managers are working with conservationists
to better understand what's happening.
And they've made some unexpected discoveries.
Dougie Vipond has been finding out more.
Hen harriers always build their nests on the ground. This project
involves placing hidden cameras at their nest sites to find out what
threats they face. Brian Etheridge has worked for RSPB for 30 years.
Why do think numbers are so low? Unfortunately, I find in most cases
it is the land management that is the problem, which is mainly driven
grouse moors. But many landowners say they try to provide a safe haven
for wildlife. By keeping it small, you have got... Tim Baines as a
spokesman for Scottish Land and Estates, the body that represents
most of the grouse shooting moorland.
You always painted as the bad guys, is that frustrating? People get
angry, because they are out every day, taking responsibility for
balancing all the different things that they have to do in managing
moorland. It is the end of the breeding season, and the nest
cameras are coming down. Initially, there are five chicks on the nest,
and the camera records the temperature, it is particularly
cold, and only one of the original five survives due to the extreme
temperature ranges. At another site in the South of Scotland, you can
see the chicks are relaxing, and over the next couple of shots... A
fox, my goodness, look at that! Really aggressive, feisty reaction.
Unfortunately, we learn later on that in this case the chick was
nipped by the fox and was found dead. The partnership between
landowners and conservation agencies has revealed some of the many
challenges facing birds of prey, but this collaboration might also holds
the key to their future. And you can see more
of Dougie Vipond's report on Landward tonight
on BBC One Scotland at 7:30. The titles and theme tune
for the popular comedy Still Game have been revamped ahead
of the launch of a new series. The programme will be back
on BBC One next month The new titles show the main
characters Jack and Victor, played by Ford Kiernan
and Greg Hemphill, from the 1960s, The title music has
also been re-recorded Let's hear the worst
about the weekend weather now. , Yes, the rain has set in during
the course of the day in the north and north-west, and for a good part
of tomorrow it will go nowhere, persistent and heavy pulses of rain.
The Met office has issued a yellow warning, a risk of flooding and
hazardous driving conditions, and it will be accompanied by heavy winds.
Dry and cloudy for the east overnight, lows of around ten or 11
Celsius. Tomorrow dawns cloudy, the rain continues across the
north-west, and that will continue to spread its way further south and
east as we go through the course of the day. Again, accompanied by
strong to gale force southerly the day. Again, accompanied by
winds. But with that southerly wind direction, there will be sheltered
from the hills across the likes of the Borders, Lothians, Edinburgh,
Aberdeenshire and the Moray coast, where temperatures will peak at
perhaps 20 Celsius, given any sunshine. That is very much the
exception to the rule, most of us will be under a blanket of cloud,
persistent and heavy outbreaks of rain. Something of a clearance
towards the Western Isles, late tomorrow afternoon, and the winds
easing here. Across the far north-east, any rain will be light
and patchy, although the winds will remain strong to gale force here.
For hill walking and climbing, for the more Western Rangers, heavy
outbreaks of rain to come, and southerly winds, severe gales, if
not storm force gusts of wind is. Extensive hill fog, temperatures up
to nine Celsius on the hilltops. In the east, the dry conditions across
the Borders, severe gale if not storm force gusts of wind from the
south. For tomorrow evening, then, heavy persistent pulses of rain for
a time, that gradually pulls away to the east during the overnight
period, and the winds will ease for all. Into Sunday, we still have low
pressure in charge, and we have a westerly airflow and Sunday which
will bring in a number of showers across the west and north-west
especially, with the best of any drier and brighter interludes found
towards eastern areas, a fresher feel, and indeed Monday will be a
very similar day. That is the forecast, Sally.
There's been a threefold rise in children
being trafficked into Scotland, with the highest
The BBC has also learnt that seven children subsequently
thought to have been taken by their traffickers.
I'll be back with the headlines at eight and the late bulletin
Until then, from everyone on the team,
right across the country, have a very good evening.