Human trafficking law – a pretext to attack spiritual communities

Soteria International speaks at OSCE event about abusive misinterpretation of the human trafficking law in cases against spiritual communities

On 30th September 2013, during the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting organized by OSCE in Warsaw, Soteria International presented its findings and recommendations on how the human trafficking discourse is being abused in some countries. While in many states the problem of human trafficking continues to be one of the most serious issues, it is often the case that state authorities use such allegations to attack spiritual movements that create communities based on common voluntary work.

The text of the background document submitted by Soteria International can be consulted here:

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