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WCC Central Committee decries human trafficking and smuggling of migrants

28 June 2016

Saying that “human trafficking and migrant smuggling constitute modern-day slavery,” the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) “urges its member churches to join this challenge, and inspired by the Gospel, to contribute to the awareness and prevention of human trafficking and migrant smuggling in each of our areas of mission.”

Trafficking is “a global phenomenon,” the committee noted, though precise statistics are difficult to obtain. Yet the reality is clear: “This commodification means that people are abused and deprived of their liberty. They suffer daily sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, organ trafficking, and the sale of their children,” the governing body noted, urging member churches also to partner with other civil society organizations and governments to combat trafficking.

More information:

Minute on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

WCC Central Committee meeting