The ELCIC feels called to address sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
The ELCIC affirms and supports the initiatives of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) and the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) to eliminate human trafficking.
Congregations, rostered leaders and synods are asked to provide leadership in preaching, teaching and other forms of public witness against the commercial exploitation of human beings.
We commit ourselves as church to respond faithfully to opportunities for partnerships and cooperation between church and society working for legislation that will protect persons liberated from being trafficked and playing roles in bringing about cultural transformation and the elimination of trafficking.
The National Youth Project: ‘More Precious’ is based on the theme of teaching leaders and youth across the country about the ongoing issues of human trafficking and its prevalence within Canada. Learn more about the National Youth Project here.
- National Youth Project: More Previous resource pack
- 2013 ELCIC National Convention Resolution on Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking
- World Council of Churches Consultation Statement
- Upholding human dignity: Confronting human trafficking
- Four worship services from the Lutheran World Federation
- Human Trafficking Faith Response – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Understanding and Responding to Trafficking – Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Canadian Council of Churches – Includes background, resources and theological reflection
- Women’s Inter-church Council in Canada – includes a piece called “10 Reasons Trafficking Victims Can’t Leave”
- REED by Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED) – REED provides an informal list of “21 Things You Can Do Today to End Sex Trafficking!,” and has additional resources
- Canadian Council for Refugees – advocates for refugees and trafficked persons, with a focus on legislative issues
- United Nations, GIFT – Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
- Office on Drugs and Crime
- Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre (RCMP) – includes information and links to federal partners
- Salvation Army – includes ideas for a Weekend of Prayer at the end of September
- This book is a great place to begin learning:
Invisible Chains: Canada’s underground world of human trafficking, Benjamin Perrin, Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010