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Coming together for all the right reasons

Political enemies work side by side to end the international sex trade

Issue: "The new slave trade," March 25, 2000

Members of the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking include:

  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF-This group joined after finding evidence that Kosovo Albanian refugees, including girls under age 15, were being sold as prostitutes in Italy.
  • Justice Fellowship-The public policy and judicial reform group headed by Chuck Colson, who has denounced the White House Interagency Council on Women (headed by first lady Hillary Clinton) for accepting the "Netherlands definition" on prostitution, which treats it as a legitimate form of labor.
  • Equality NOW-A consortium of feminist leaders, including Patricia Ireland (president of NOW), Eleanor Smeal (The Feminist Majority), and Ms. magazine's Gloria Steinem. In January letters to President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the group charged that the administration's definition of prostitution "would not only fail to protect a substantial number of trafficking victims, it would also shield many traffickers in the global sex trade from prosecution." The group favors legislation in the House sponsored by pro-life Republican Chris Smith.
  • Concerned Women for America-Christian counterpoint to NOW, headed by Beverly LaHaye
  • Assemblies of God
  • Captive Daughters
  • The Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • Damaris Project
  • ELIM Fellowship
  • ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes)
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Evangelical Methodist Church
  • Evangelical Congregational Church
  • Feminists for Life of America
  • Free Congress Foundation
  • Freedom House
  • International Pentecostal Church of Christ
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • Institute on Religion and Public Policy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Council of Churches
  • National Religious Broadcasters
  • Pentecostal Church of God
  • Primitive Methodist Church
  • Religious Freedom Coalition
  • United Church of Christ
  • World Evangelical Fellowship Commission on Women's Concerns

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