Exploitation Network

World Relief has started a network to help the estimated 800,000 to 900,000 people trafficked across international borders to perform forced labor or participate in the sex trade. The U.S. Department of Justice provided World Relief with a $500,000 grant for the U.S. Network and Emergency Trafficking Services, which will bring together social service, religious, educational, and law enforcement agencies. World Relief says the members of the network will work collaboratively to address needs of victims, with a pilot project slated to begin in Tampa.

Homeschooling Illegal

Parents in Germany must send their children to state-registered schools. In an important test case, on July 29 an appeals court in Frankfurt upheld a lower-court ruling that Christian parents Michael and Sigrid Bauer may not educate their children at home for reasons of faith or conscience. The Bauers claim certain subjects as taught in the state schools are incompatible with their faith. The Bauers say they may appeal to the national supreme court.

Anticonversion Bill Blocked

In August, Sri Lanka's supreme court ruled portions of the controversial anticonversion bill to be unconstitutional. The "Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Bill" now needs a two-thirds majority in the Parliament and a national referendum to be passed in its present form. Observers say the bill is all but dead.

Related Elsewhere:

More information about World Relief's grant to help trafficked people is available from their website.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has more information about the German decision.

More on Sri Lanka's failed anti-conversion bill includes:

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