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’It’s here. In our towns, our cities and in our communities’

Jackie Macadam meets Dr Pam Cairns and learns the shocking truth about human traicking.


“YOU know, you think if it’s here at all, it must be confined to the big cities, but fairly recently, I read about a case of people trafficking in a hotel in a popular tourist area in the Highlands. It really is shocking when you start looking at it.”

Dr Pam Cairns delivered a passionate speech to the annual Guild gathering in Dundee about human trafficking – a topic that has become central to her life in recent years.

Born in Moffat, Pam spent her early years at Tundergarth School, with 12 other pupils.

“I basically had one teacher throughout my primary years,” she says.

“I have so much to be grateful for. She was a good teacher who encouraged us to learn. If she’d been a poor teacher, and had turned me off school for life, I can’t imagine how my life would have turned out.”

After attending Lockerbie Academy, Pam went to Edinburgh University to study medicine, and after graduating, trained to become a GP.

“To begin with, life was fairly predictable. I attended church, I met Alan, my husband, a pharmacist, and we had three children. We now have five grandchildren.

“Being a doctor doesn’t give you an awful lot of free time, so when Alan suggested one evening that we watched a documentary on TV about a small Scottish charity, I welcomed the chance to sit down for once!

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In this month's issue ‘OKAY GOD, YOU WIN’ The Case for Christ on the silver screen 'IT’S HERE. IN OUR TOWNS, OUR CITIES AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES' Dr Pat Cairns and the shocking truth about human trafficking REMEMBRANCE Special Prayer from the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland GUILD 2017 Reports from the Annual Gathering in Dundee Plus much more