Aberdeenshire Council has revealed it is to explore new ways to stem human trafficking.
Following a joint presentation to the communities committee from Police Scotland and Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA), it was agreed that a report should be brought before the Community Partnership Planning Board.
The report will look at policies and actions required to fight human trafficking, and make recommendations to councillors.
Committee chairwoman Anne Stirling said: “We want to make sure that we and our partners are doing all we can to stem the flow of human trafficking and to support those who have been affected by it.
“We also want to raise awareness so that people can raise concerns about any vulnerable individuals in their communities.”
According to Police Scotland, there were three reports of concern in Aberdeenshire between 2014 and 2017, which is in line with other local authorities.