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August 21, 2015

Human trafficking is in the news

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has made news recently because he is under prosecution for having sex with multiple children. Some news stories have used prostitution language in their reports. The abuse is human trafficking.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long history of fighting human trafficking, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children. You can learn more about the work of the PC(USA) Human Trafficking Roundtable by clicking here. A partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on trafficking affirmed by our General Assembly is ECPAT-USA. ECPAT-USA works to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children by strengthening anti-trafficking laws, working with the travel and tourism industry and educating the public about this terrible crime.

Below are some relevant United States of America and international laws that show that the commercial sexual exploitation of children is illegal and a form of human trafficking.

United States of America Law:

The prostitution of children is prohibited by 18 U.S.C. § 1591. This statute makes it a federal offense to knowingly recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, or maintain a minor (defined as someone under 18 years of age) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that the victim is a minor and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act. “Commercial sex act” is defined very broadly to include “any sex act, on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.” In other words, it is illegal both to offer and to obtain a child, and cause that child to engage in any kind of sexual activity in exchange for anything of value, whether it be money, goods, personal benefit, in-kind favors, or some other kind of benefit. 

Palermo Protocol (international treaty on human trafficking):

(c) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered "trafficking in persons" even if this does not involve any of the means set forth in subparagraph (a) of this article;

For more information about how your congregation can get involved in work to stop human trafficking, please send an email.

Categories: Advocacy, Current Affairs, Human Trafficking, PC(USA), United Nations

Tags: ecpat, human trafficking, jared, slavery, subway, trafficking


August 5, 2015

“We Are Forgotten”

by Sarah Hoyle

If you are unaware of the tragic situation occurring in the Nuba Mountain Region of Sudan, you are not alone. This New York Times article is one of the only major reports to come out of the region in recent months, though the Government in Khartoum is bombing its own civilians living in this region almost every single day. 

Our partner Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of over 160 Catholic development and relief agencies, invited Bishop Emeritus Macram Max Gassis of the Diocese of EI Obeid to the UN to speak about the struggles of his people.

Bishop ...

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July 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela

by Willa Van Camp

Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Today, July 24, there was celebration of the day which included the awarding of the inaugural Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. The prize was awarded to two laureates who have each embodied the values of Mandela in their life and work.

The first recipient was Dr. Helena Ndume, an inspirational woman from Namibia. Ndume was forced to flee to Angola as a 15 year-old due to violence in Namibia. Though forced from her home she did not abandon her education and was able ...

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July 30, 2015

HIV/AIDS MDGs achieved ahead of schedule

by Sarah Hoyle

As the focus in the UN changes from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important to celebrate the Goals that have been achieved,

When the MDGs were established, the world was gripped in a swiftly spreading AIDS pandemic that was spiraling out of control. MDG6 was established not to eliminate AIDS, but to halt and reverse its spread. An announcement was released yesterday by UNAIDS that “new HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly ...

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July 30, 2015

Remembering Srebrenica

by Nathan Jumper

Twenty years ago in July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered, an act that has come to be known as the Srebrenica genocide. These mass killings were perpetrated primarily by units of the Army of Republika Srpska, and the Scorpions, a paramilitary unit from Serbia.

In 2004, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia unanimously ruled that these killings constituted genocide. One year later Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official statement that, while the blame lies first with those who planned and carried out the massacre, the UN shares ...

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