A councillor has welcomed support for his call to tackle human trafficking in the North-east.
Glen Reynolds raised concerns that modern day slavery is an issue for smaller towns and villages, not just major cities.
The Banff and District member urged Aberdeenshire Council to make sure all staff were aware they could meet trafficking victims in the course of their work.
He also called for different organisations to work together to protect victims.
His ideas received the backing of his fellow councillors, who agreed to push for a system designed for reporting and dealing with any incidents.
A report on the move will go in front of the local authority in February.
Cllr Reynolds said: “Council staff and councillors will soon be empowered to identify and work with partners.
“There is a need for more awareness of bonded labour, where victims are effectively being exploited as slave labour with their passport removed.
“The potential for such modern day slavery does not just exist in our towns and villages, but in key industries in Aberdeenshire.”