World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
“One of the most troubling of those open wounds (in the world) is the trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery. It violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity.” Pope Francis, Nov. 7, 2016, RENATE Conference (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation)
July 30, 2019 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. According to the United Nations, every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. Worldwide, children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims, and women and girls comprise 71 percent of human trafficking victims.
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking suggests that ending slavery is everyone’s work. If you wish to learn more or to take action to end human trafficking, visit their website at sistersagainsttrafficking.org.
If you see anything that you think might be related to human trafficking, tell the police or call the national anti-trafficking helpline at 888-373-7888. Remember, victims can be coerced in many ways. If you are unsure, it is better to be mistaken than to let another victim continue to be enslaved.
All of us can work to end this crime by being aware of it and making sure that the plight of our sisters and brothers does not go unnoticed.
U.S. Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Debbie Weber, director