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Human Trafficking

In February 2009 the General Synod debated a Diocesan Synod Motion from the dioceses of Winchester and Newcastle on Human Trafficking and carried this motion:

'That this Synod, in celebrating the centenary of the death of Josephine Butler, who is remembered in the Calendar on May 30th,

(a) recognize and deplore the continuing evil of human trafficking,
especially of children and young people;

(b) urge the Church of England to support the work of those who seek to
end the traffic and rescue those trapped in it;

(c) support the vigorous implementation of the UK Action Plan on
Tackling Human Trafficking, and in particular, call on HM
Government to ensure that effective measures are in place to prevent
sex workers being trafficked into Britain during the 2012 Olympics;

(d) request the Archbishops' Council to explore the possibility of
affiliating to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre in order
to combat this traffic as an urgent priority.'

Background material for this debate was published in GS Misc 906A, and  GS Misc 906B (addendum).

A transcript of the debate is available from starting on page 253 here.

In April 2006 the Mission and Public Affairs Council submitted a response to Home Office proposals for a UK action plan designed to tackle the issue.

Read the full response

Read the press release

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