Human trafficking involves recruiting, transporting or holding a person by use of threats, coercion or deception in order to exploit them. Essentially, it is the oppression and abuse of people motivated by financial or personal gain. It is often described as a form of modern day slavery.
Trafficking happens all over the world, across international borders and within countries. There are more people in forced labour worldwide today than when William Wilberforce was fighting to end slavery. In the UK each year about 2,000 men, women and children are helped to escape from trafficking, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Government estimates there are 10,000 - 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.
Victims of trafficking are often tricked into coming to the UK by false promises or because of threats against them or their family. People are trafficked into prostitution, pornography, agricultural and building labour, manufacturing, domestic servitude, forced begging, benefit fraud, petty criminality and organ removal. They are forced to work for little or no pay; they may have limited freedom and poor living conditions. Many experience physical or emotional abuse.
Human trafficking denies people their God given dignity, future and hope. God calls on His Church to seek justice for those who are exploited. We raise awareness of human trafficking and work for changes in the law and Government policies across the UK Parliaments and Assemblies. Our work focuses on these areas:
- tackling the demand for human trafficking for sexual exploitation
- ensuring that people who have survived exploitation are given adequate care and protection
- provision of special support for child victims