In November of last year, a video surfaced online of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya. The footage caused outcry in all corners of the globe, and focused international attention on the exploitation of migrants and refugees in the North African country.

As such, in solidarity with Mission & Service partners in Africa such as the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), The United Church of Canada is urging the Canadian government to fulfill its promise of working “to eradicate human trafficking and support all international efforts to bring those who prey on vulnerable people to justice.” Moderator Jordan Cantwell has written to the Prime Minister (letter under Downloads, below), urging him to commit to specific principles in how the government responds to the illegal trade of migrants globally, including in Libya.

As people of faith, the United Church is called to stand in solidarity with migrant workers and African partners in unequivocally condemning this abhorrent treatment of fellow human beings, made in the image of God. The full statement by the All Africa Conference of Churches is available under Downloads, below.

The United Church is committed to working with partners around the world to protect, promote, and support the rights of migrant workers who are vulnerable to human trafficking and other abuses.

For more information, please contact:

Wendy GichuruProgram Coordinator Africa & Middle East Partnership Program416-231-7680 ext. 4038
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4038
wgichuru [at] united-church.ca