Anti-trafficking and Modern Slavery
The Salvation Army's Annual Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking 2019 will be held on Sunday 22 September 2019. Here you will find resources to download, print and use in connection with this, including posters and Bible studies. Clicking/tapping on any resource will enlarge it and provide further options.
Why stand against human trafficking?
The United Nations defines human trafficking as:
‘…a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Trafficking in Persons Protocol).’ (source)
Though the terminology may be new, human trafficking is not. Examples of human trafficking exist throughout the Bible:
- Joseph's brothers trafficked him to the Ishmaelites
- The Canaanite army trafficked girls for rape and sexual slavery
- In 2 Kings, creditors threatened to traffic children into debt and bondage
- In each of these situations, God provided rescue and blessing to the victims
- Amos 2:6-7 is our biblical imperative to pursue social justice
The Salvation Army works to prevent human trafficking around the world, and to support survivors. Here is a look at some of our latest efforts.
29 July 2019
UK is latest to launch its variation of the campaign, coinciding with a major modern slavery plot line in 'Coronation Street'
13 June 2019
The Day of Prayer has been intentionally planned to engage churches and communities in tangible action against trafficking
01 November 2018
The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission recently welcomed the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons to its building