By Douglas Todd
More than 27 million people, mostly women and children, are said to be victims of human trafficking, mostly for enforced labour and prostitution. The United States has come under special scrutiny for supporting high levels of this sickening trade.
Opposition to human trafficking has galvanized many faith and other concerned groups. Christians and Jews from across the theological spectrum have become involved. They include the Vancouver Catholic archdiocese and many Canadian evangelical denominations.
In a rare coming together with religious groups, the American Humanist Association, made up largely of atheists and agnostics, has also taken on the issue. So have actress Demi Moore and her husband Ashton Kutcher, who together sponsor a foundation to combat child sex slavery.
ReligionLink, an excellent resource for religion writers and the educated public, has just published a special edition that will help people explore many aspects of this burning issue, about which the U.S. State Department is preparing to release a report. The ReligionLink site can be found here.