Thirty-six delegates from 23 European countries met in Budapest, Hungary, to develop and launch The Salvation Army’s European anti-human trafficking response.
The delegates, many of whom are already involved in anti-trafficking work, are to be the national contact people who will ensure that this response is carried out effectively. The conference was arranged by The Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking task force.
Delegates were reminded of the tragic circumstances in which trafficked people find themselves. Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving men, women and children, and can include sex trafficking, forced labour and the removal of organs. Whatever form it takes, trafficking exploits vulnerable people and damages them in body, mind and spirit.
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The first steps of The Salvation Army’s Europe-wide response were put in place during the conference. The Salvation Army is uniquely placed to respond to this problem. It works in almost every European country and – with a ministry in 126 nations – it is often present in source, transit and destination countries of trafficked people.
A major aim of the conference was to ensure that the Army makes best use of this geographical advantage with a united and coordinated approach that works across borders and boundaries.
Read more on the international Salvation Army website.