Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Good Stuff in TEC: Southwest Florida

Diocese joining fight against human trafficking

The scope and breadth of the problem in Florida is opening eyes within the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. “I’m just beginning to learn about this problem,” said the Ven. Denis McManis, the diocese’s canon for mission and outreach. “It’s everywhere.”

McManis sees opportunities for the church to help victims of labor recruiting scams and commercial sex exploitation, particularly with temporary housing, transportation, securing social services and counseling. The diocese is forming a committee to assess opportunities for such outreach. The diocese has recently been working with the Coalition and The Salvation Army in a case involving 50 foreign workers rescued from near slave-labor conditions on the other side of the state.

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