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 […]
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
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.
A coalition of 15 organisations working against modern-day slavery, including the Salvation Army, has welcomed the Modern Slavery Bill but calls for it to be strengthened. A briefing paper has also been published. Evangelical Alliance
Created by God, treated like slaves: Tackling human trafficking Racial Justice Sunday 2011 resources are based around the theme “Created by God, Treated like Slaves: Tackling Human Trafficking” and “Love your neighbour as yourself, do this and you will live” from Luke 10:27-28. Racial Justice Sunday 2011 booklet Download: Racial Justice Sunday booklet […]