Nicola Sturgeon's Govanhill Constituency in Glasgow has a human trafficking problem

  • Darren Little
A BBC investigation has documented at least seventy sham marriages in Glasgow involving young women from deprived countries such as Romania and Slovakia.

The BBC found that Eastern European crime gangs are repeatedly forcing trafficked women into sexual exploitation and sham marriages. Many of the women have been forced into sham marriages with men mainly from Pakistan. They then go on to apply for residency in the UK.

Ms Molnar, who runs Europol's human trafficking unit, said the potential grooms wanted to stay in Scotland but needed marriage to an EU citizen to be able to apply for residency. Ms Molnar said: "After the marriage, the women are kept under control by the traffickers and are exploited as domestic service by the husband but also raped and sexually exploited by fellow nationals of the traffickers."

An undercover investigation looked into how many sham marriages ended in divorce after the five-year-mark, the length of time someone has to have residency before being granted a UK passport. The investigation found that Seventy such sham marriages were registered in Glasgow - with a third of those being in the First Minister's heartland of Govanhill.

An address in Westmorland Street, Govanhill has more than a dozen links to marriages between men from Pakistan and young Eastern European brides in recent years. Witnesses of the weddings were also registered there.

Jim Laird, one of Scotland's leading experts on human trafficking, said: "There's a high number of victims from the Govanhill area, and that's because there's a clear link between Eastern European crime gangs, who have human trafficking as one of the things they do, and links with organised Asian crime gangs in Glasgow.

"So the Eastern European crime gangs will provide the victims and the Asian crime gangs here will provide the accommodation which is why there is quite a lot of it in Govanhill."
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.