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General Synod – Human Trafficking

The final item of business on Wednesday evening was a Diocesan Synod motion from Newcastle on Human Trafficking.

The Revd Canon Michael Webb (Newcastle) moved:

That this Synod, in celebrating the centenary of the death of Josephine Butler, who is remembered in the Calendar on May 30th:
(a) recognize and deplore the continuing evil of human trafficking, especially of children and young people;
(b) urge the Church of England to support the work of those who seek to end the traffic and rescue those trapped in it; and
(c) support the vigorous implementation of the UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking and, in particular, call on HM Government to ensure that effective measures are in place to prevent sex workers being trafficked into Britain during the 2012 Olympics.

The following amendment was moved by Canon Ann Turner (Europe) and carried on a show of hands.

At the end insert as a new paragraph:
(..) request the Archbishops’ Council to explore the possibility of affiliating to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre in order to combat this traffic as an urgent priority.”.

This made the Substantive motion into:

That this Synod, in celebrating the centenary of the death of Josephine Butler, who is remembered in the Calendar on May 30th:
(a) recognize and deplore the continuing evil of human trafficking, especially of children and young people;
(b) urge the Church of England to support the work of those who seek to end the traffic and rescue those trapped in it;
(c) support the vigorous implementation of the UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking and, in particular, call on HM Government to ensure that effective measures are in place to prevent sex workers being trafficked into Britain during the 2012 Olympics; and
(d) request the Archbishops’ Council to explore the possibility of affiliating to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre in order to combat this traffic as an urgent priority.

The motion was carried on a show of hands.

There was a second proposed amendment, moved by the Revd Mark Sowerby (Ripon & Leeds).

After paragraph (a) insert as a new paragraph:
“(b) recognize and deplore the male abuse of women, which is the root cause of this evil trade;”.

It was defeated by 95 votes to 114 with 12 recorded abstentions.

Background papers
by the Dioceses of Newcastle and Winchester, and the Diocese in Europe (GS Misc 906A)
from the Mission and Public Affairs Division (GS Misc 906B)

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great. we have been involved in a number of human trafficking issues in UK. good to see this.

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Good news. Trafficking into the UK will be an important issue in 2009, especially when the European Convention on Action Against Human Trafficking becomes UK law in April, giving new rights to the victims of trafficking (see Freedom Trust post at http://eoket.th8.us).
The Government will need to act to ensure that this is implemented on the ground. Great to see the Church involved in this important issue.