The head of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, spoke out in support of the White House actions against human trafficking across the planet.
Dr. Wilson said, “One of the most consistently disturbing crimes that touches every corner of the globe and every part of the human family is the devastating practice of human trafficking, in which men, women, and children are kidnapped, harbored, or transported for purposes of slavery, involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or commercial sex.“
Dr. Wilson, a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said, “On behalf of our members across the globe, I applaud the Administration for redoubling its efforts to eliminate this international criminal enterprise that enslaves, debases, and exploits men, women, and children.”
The MCC statement on human trafficking is being published on the White House web site, along with those of other faith traditions, to demonstrate their commitments to reducing and, one day, eradicating slavery and human trafficking. MCC’s four action steps are:
- Educate ourselves and our churches about human trafficking (http://www.whitehouse.gov/endtrafficking; http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/192587.pdf).
- Urge Members of Congress to address human trafficking.
- Sign the International Justice Mission petition against modern slavery (http://www.ijm.org/content/sign-your-name-stand-for-freedom).
- Take the Slavery Footprint Survey to see the impact of slavery (http://slaveryfootprint.org).
“With churches in virtually every state and 40 countries, MCC is in a position to speak out against slavery and trafficking,” said Dr. Wilson. “We will be equipping our members and churches with the information they need to take the next steps toward ending exploitation. As a Christian denomination founded in 1968 to welcome all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, we have experience ministering to those who have been harmed.”