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The Salvation Army has from its inception applied biblical principles to the moral and social challenges experienced by humanity and society and believes that the liberating message of Jesus Christ meets the total need of humankind.
The Salvation Army believes that all people are made in the image of God and that each person in the eyes of God has equal worth and dignity.
With this in mind, The Salvation Army rejects human trafficking as it refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception and abuse of power for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labour. Trafficking may involve slavery or servitude in any industry, such as forced or coerced participation in agriculture, manufacturing, prostitution and other commercial sex industries, domestic servitude or servile marriage. This also refers to the unlawful removal of organs.
In cooperation with other agencies, The Salvation Army acknowledges its Christian responsibility to be actively engaged in the prevention of human trafficking, the protection of the victims (especially women and children) and the lawful prosecution of the perpetrators.
Recognising that the fight against human trafficking is closely linked with the fight for social justice, The Salvation Army will continue to address the underlying issues rooted in poverty, unemployment, gender inequality and inadequate education.
References: Romans 13:8-10; Zechariah 7:9-10; Genesis 1:27; Micah 6: 8; 1 Peter 1:13- 16; 1 John 10:10