The Church of Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s consideration of organ trafficking within the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill was introduced in the Parliament in December last year. People who carry out human trafficking in Scotland could face life imprisonment under new legislation being examined today.
Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council, said: “While the church is keen to support the legitimate donation of organs and tissues, and supports initiatives such as the ‘fleshandblood campaign’ we are concerned that there is increasing evidence of an illegal trade in tissues and organs.
“This trade is often international, with people from poor and developing countries being exploited. However, we are also aware that there is potential for people within the UK for people to be vulnerable to being exploited in this way.
“In the eyes of God, every human being is of equal value and share the same dignity.
“We would be concerned about any relationship which fails to respect the fundamental equality and value of all people. We as the church would seek to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are exploited, abused and trafficked, so that their future may be restored.”