Irish Council Of Churches – Churches Urged To Keep Taking Action Against Human Trafficking

Irish Churches

The Irish Council of Churches (ICC) yesterday gathered for its 92nd Annual Meeting. As an outworking of the ICC’s commitment to enabling Churches to understand each other, work together and connect in Christ, the Meeting took place in a Salvation Army church. On a day which brought together over 100 delegates from leadership, senior clergy and lay people from across the island of Ireland, Major Anne Read, Anti–trafficking Response Coordinator for the Salvation Army, gave a keynote address focussing attention on the challenge of modern–day slavery – human trafficking.

Major Read spoke powerfully about the ‘dehumanisation of people today across the world and in our own communities in the UK and Ireland’. She reminded delegates that human–trafficking involves ‘tricking vulnerable people across borders and within countries through physical and verbal threat, sexual and labour exploitation and domestic servitude’ and the numbers are constantly growing.

She encouraged Churches and partner organisations across society to reach out to victims on the margins in order to eliminate this offensive commodification of people. She said that ‘God’s big plan is the restoration of humankind into His image and likeness so that all may be fully human people of God.’

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