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Social Justice: Moving from Witness to Action

Human Trafficking

The Reformed Church in America condemns human abuse. Psalm 82:4 instructs: "Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."

A banner seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of child labour and trafficking, Monrovia, Liberia, September 2007. Some children are forced to work full time as farm hands or in factories to help support their impoverished families while others become beggars. Image courtesy of IRIN.

Recently the estimate of the total number of people living under slave-like conditions was over 27 million worldwide, which is more than the total number of slaves prior to the Civil War. This number continues to grow. Each year over 17,500 people are smuggled into North America, into forced servitude.

Human trafficking is an abuse of human life and as such is offensive to the dignity of an individual, who is the bearer of the image of God.

Please use the resources below to help people understand and actively oppose this injustice and care for the victims of this crime.



Hands That Heal, a community-based international curriculum, is a resource and tool available to inform and inspire churches and individuals to engage in the battle against the injustice of human trafficking and to help equip them to provide transformational care to survivors. The community-based edition, which utilizes a participatory approach, is produced by the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) and can be ordered from them.

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