A National Consultation on Ecumenical Advocacy to End Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery was organized by All India Council of Christian Women ( AICCW) in Partnership with Lutheran World Service India Trust on 10th January 2016 in Kolkata. 25 leaders from different faith based organizations and Churches working to end Human Trafficking or justice and peace issues participated in this consultation . Strengthening networking, ecumenical advocacy, capacity building, ending impunity, supporting survivors and their children, alleviating poverty, and intercepting/ending Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery are priority foci of AlCCW.
A part of this consultation involved dialogue with women, men and youth local leaders from adopted communities of Lutheran World Service India Trust who are mainly migrant, domestic workers and daily wage laborers. “Our aim was not only just to strategize to end human trafficking but also to hear the voices of people on the periphery who are more vulnerable and at risk. It was important for us to hear from them their stories challenges and vulnerability and how they combat and intercept human trafficking. Our aim was to link Leaders from faith based organizations and church leaders and women’s fellowships to support, rehabilitate and heal survivors also” states Ms Moumita Biswas, Executive Secretary of AICCW.
Plight of Rohingyas Trafficked to join ISIS: In South Asian and Asian context one cannot overlook the plight of the Rohingyas who are persecuted and fleeing from Myanmar. Moumita Biswas Executive Secretary reported that the “ world has turned its attention on plights of refugees in Syria; even the Rohinghyas also like refugees from Syria need support. In Delhi, Police Sources reported fake Indian passports were used to traffic hundreds of Rohingya Muslims to Saudi Arabia to join the terror group Islamic State. Delhi Police came across this information when they busted a human trafficking racket in Delhi and arrested five operatives. Addressing issues of trafficking today calls for justice and care and concern for refugees and migrating communities. Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingyas already live in apartheid-like conditions in western Rakhine and are facing persecution and fleeing to different parts of world
No One Can Do Everything, But Every One Can Do Something
Smita Singh, from Church of North India and Director of Mahima Home which rescued more than 171 minors, shared how she developed and implemented her vision for establishing a “holistic aftercare home” that was dramatically different from existing government institutions that were like “processing warehouses” for rescued girls. Smita gave a clarion call stating “Human trafficking is not something which is happening in your backyard . No one can do everything but everyone can do something to intercept and end human trafficking” states Smita . Smita after attending a consultation organized by World Council of Churches in Bangkok has started promoting Thursdays in Black Campaign (A world free of rape, sexual and gender based violence.”
Resource Material for Spiritual Formation to Intercept and End Human Trafficking: AICCW in its pilgrimage to end Human Trafficking is engaged in a process of working towards producing a Resource Material cum Bible Study book on ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING and SEXUAL SLAVERY. Resource material in the form of a Cartoon and Comic Book will also be produced for children. We invite ecumenical partners for their support and solidarity with AICCW to carry on this project.