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Human Trafficking & Prostitution

Archbishop speaking in the House of LordsAccording to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) there are at least 2.45 million people in forced labour globally as a result of people trafficking. A large proportion (43%) are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, and an overwhelming majority of those sold into this sex trade (98%) are women or girls.

 Sex trafficking is nothing more than modern day slavery. This is women being exploited, degraded and subjected to horrific risks solely for the gratification and economic greed of others.

 The Archbishop has campaigned for the UK to tighten laws on human trafficking and in March 2011 successfully helped persuade the Government to opt in to the EU Directive on Human Trafficking.


To read the Archbishop's  article about sex trafficking which appeared in the Yorkshire Post.

To read the Archbishop’s statement regarding the Government opt in.

Many people who are trafficked are forced into prostitution. The Archbishop has also called for laws relating to the selling of sex to be tightened.