The Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group has prepared a report which will go to the Church of Scotland General Assembly in May, in response to its request for a strategy for action against human trafficking for the sex trade and the potential rise in such trafficking around the time of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Action already taken by churches includes:
- In 2009, representatives of six denominations and members of the ACTS Trafficking Group were invited to meet with the Scottish Parliament Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Solicitor General and were assured of the ongoing commitment of the Scottish Government to tackle the problem of human trafficking in Scotland.
- The Guild of the Church of Scotland, with the Church and Society Council and the World Mission council, has compiled information and study packs.
- The Guild of the Church of Scotland, the Salvation Army and the Mother’s Union of the Scottish Episcopal Church have submitted responses to the proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase and Sale of Sex (Scotland) Bill.
- The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) is a church based investor coalition that undertakes research, advocacy and dialogue to encourage the business community and ECCR’s members to meet the highest standards of corporate responsibility, transparency, and positive-impact investment.
- The Salvation Army has set up a ‘safe house’ in England for individuals rescued from trafficking.
The anti-trafficking group’s report and an information leaflet are available to download from the ACTS website.