Tender for research: trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Scotland

Research to investigate the experiences of people trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation in Scotland

Tender Submission Deadline: 13:00, Tuesday, 14th September, 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) aims to champion equality and human rights for all; to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and build good relations, and ensure that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. The commissioning of research to fill gaps in our current knowledge and evidence base is a critical part of our strategic priority to build an authoritative and responsive organisation.


The Commission is conducting an Inquiry, under section 16 of the Equality Act (2006), into human trafficking in Scotland with a focus on commercial sexual exploitation. The Inquiry, led by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, is due to report its findings and recommendations in summer 2011.

The starting point of this Inquiry is a belief that human trafficking is, fundamentally, exploitation, a violation of human rights and is destructive of the dignity and mental and physical integrity of its victims. The Commission believes the human rights violation of trafficking is inseparable from inequality. The phenomenon is driven by gender, racial and other inequalities, including poverty.

The Inquiry will involve the collection of a range of evidence to inform its findings and recommendations.

Scope of work

The Invitation to Tender (ITT) is for a research study that will provide vital evidence to inform the Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. The study aims to:

  • better understand the experiences of people who have been trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation in Scotland; and
  • analyse the impact of relevant policies and practices on victims of trafficking.

The ‘Open’ Procedure is being used.

Interested parties are invited to request the full tender pack by email from tenders@equalityhumanrights.com .

Proposed timetable       

  • Publish Invitation to Tender  Mon 17 August 2010
  • Receipt of Bids Tues 14 Sept 2010
  • Short listing  Thurs 16 Sept 2010
  • Tender Evaluation Panel (if necessary) Wed 22 Sept 2010
  • Award Contract and inception meeting  Tues 28 Sept 2010 

More details about the Inquiry can be found in the Scotland section.

Last Updated: 17 Aug 2010