A new website, EndSlavery, aimed at combating human trafficking includes Catholic and Anglican resources, as well as links to international anti-trafficking legislation. It has been produced by the Pontifical Science Academies, building on the success of the Global Freedom Network. For more details see the Anglican Communion News Service.
It is estimated that there are currently 36 million people enslaved in the world. It is difficult to know the exact number however, as victims are often hidden and the crime goes unreported.
After the international drugs trade, human trafficking is the second largest criminal activity in the world along with illegal arms trading. Modern day slavery can take on several forms like sex trafficking, organ trafficking, child trafficking and forced (child) marriage. Although sex trafficking is well publicised in the media, labour trafficking and debt bondage are increasingly becoming the most common forms of trafficking today.
Churches and organisations are working together to try to end human trafficking, to provide support and safe havens and to help raise awareness of the issue.
*Global statistics and information can be found on Not For Sale Campaign
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined Pope Francis and other world Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders in Rome on 2 December to sign a historic declaration to end modern slavery.
Police chiefs, Church representatives from across the world and Home Office ministers are taking part in a conference in London, between 5-6 December, aimed at developing strategies to combat human trafficking. It will showcase and build on a joint police and Church initiative that has been running in London for the past three years. Training modules and good practice […]
Anglicans from across the Communion are gathering in Rome to discuss their churches’ work to end human trafficking and modern slavery. The group will reflect on the most effective approaches and agree on recommendations for a Communion-wide response. Anglican Communion News Service Archbishop of Canterbury sends message to consultation
The Church of Scotland has joined with 21 different denominations, networks and faith-based groups across the UK to campaign for action to prevent the crime of human trafficking in our local and global communities.
A large number of churches, ecumenical groups, and anti-slavery campaign groups have produced resources for Freedom Sunday. Help highlight the plight of the millions of children and adults around the world, including in this country, who are victims of modern forms of slavery and human trafficking. Churches Together in England
Meeting in Rome, Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby have recommitted themselves to the struggle against modern slavery and human trafficking.
The UK’s African and Caribbean churches have committed themselves to join the struggle to expose and outlaw modern forms of slavery. Churches Together in England
Archbishop Justin Welby and Pope Francis are backing the Global Freedom Network, an initiative aimed at eradicating human trafficking by the end of the decade. The Global Freedom Network is an open association and the initial signatories to the founding declaration included Dr Mahmoud Azab, representing the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, one of the centres of Sunni […]
A World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation, titled Migration and Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery? will bring together participants from Africa, the Arabian Gulf, Europe and Asia. It was hosted in Colombo, Sri Lanka by the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCC-SL) from 4 to 7 April 2014.