Human trafficking is the global trade in persons through the recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, and/or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Nearly every country on earth is complicit in this pernicious practice by sourcing, transiting, or fueling the demand for trafficked persons. According to the International Labor Organization there are almost 21 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children.
An issue of longstanding passion, service, and advocacy within The Episcopal Church, combating human trafficking is also a priority for the 115th Congress. Our voices as Episcopalians will be needed in the upcoming months to ensure that our decision makers are aware of the need to address this issue and that, as stated in our resolutions, Congress addresses human trafficking that prioritizes victim recovery and reintegration into society.
To support this education and advocacy, the Episcopal Public Policy Network has created this Human Trafficking Resource Page. On this page you will find resources for congregations, dioceses, statistics and info graphics, statements from the Presiding Bishop, and information about proposed legislation. Is your diocese working to combat human trafficking or do you have a resource to share with the church? Please email email@example.com to have your contribution added!