Human Trafficking is the illegal sale of human beings using force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation and/or forced labor.
The Salvation Army is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking (for sexual and labor purposes) and forms of commercial sexual exploitation innately linked to sexual trafficking. The Salvation Army firmly believes that the abuse and exploitation of human beings through any form of human trafficking is an offense against humankind and against God. This belief, combined with our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, motivates us to work vigilantly for the prevention of human trafficking and for the restoration of survivors.
Human trafficking is contrary to the principles of freedom and dignity. The exploitation of human beings dehumanizes the individuals who are trafficked, rewards the inhumanity of the traffickers, and weakens the moral and social fabric of society at large. The Salvation Army is opposed to the corrupt abuse of power against other human beings that is inherent in trafficking for personal economic gain. We therefore have the responsibility, both individually and collectively, to work for the liberation of those who have been enslaved in this manner, and to establish the legal and social mechanisms by which human trafficking can be stopped.
The Salvation Army of Southern New England oversees the Committee for Hartford Area Against Trafficking (CHAAT). The goals of CHAAT are to ensure human trafficking is addressed, anti-trafficking efforts are promoted, and a victim/survivor support network is established. We want to gather as many interested parties as possible and organize our resources to form a cohesive and effective committee to include law enforcement, faith based communities, social service agencies, and others. All are welcome! Contact the AHT Coordinator if you are interested in joining.
Whether you contribute financially, give your time, or support us through social media, with your help, The Salvation Army's efforts to combat human trafficking can continue to change lives. Please contact us if interested in supporting our efforts in this area or if you are in need of assistance.