WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING? It is a multi billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people worldwide. This crime exists in every country, state, city and rural area. Labor and Sex Trafficking doesn’t only happen to people forced, lured or taken from their homeland but to U.S. citizens too.
This criminal act has one focus, GREED, while the victims share one fundamental life experience – loss of freedom.
LABOR TRAFFICKING : Agriculture, Domestic Servitude and Sweatshops
SEX TRAFFICKING: Prostitution, Strip Clubs, Escort Services and Pornography
Most important, if you see suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, workplace or anywhere else - REPORT IT! Call the National Hotline at 888-373-7888 or your local police.
The Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking committee represents 11 religious congregations and lay women working together to bring about change in understanding the crime of human trafficking and assisting survivors. Together we pledge to work towards:
Prevention - educate, raise awareness, advocate
Protection - find housing for victims, provide personal items
Prosecution - advocate, support legislation for victims and against perpetrators
St. Josephine Bakhita Day
On February 8, the church celebrates St. Josephine Bakhita. As a young child in the Sudan her entire family was captured and put into slavery. She was sold five times. During that time, she was beaten, chained, cut and tortured.
Eventually she was sold to an Italian man Legnani who brought her to Italy. Once in Italy, he gave Bakhita to a man named Michieli. His family accepted and loved Bakhita.
Due to his business, the family had to move. Before doing so, they brought Bakhita to the Canossian sisters to live. There she learned about God. She studied, prayed and was Baptized. In 1893, she entered the Canossian congregation where she was loved by both the young and the old. Bakhita died in 1947 holding no bitterness for her captors.
Today, she is an example of hope for all people enslaved by human trafficking. Let us pray that each one of us will act to free those caught in the web of human trafficking.
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"What if all Catholic parishes around the world were taught how to avoid products and services that have been connected to it and compelled labor?" Kevin Clarke, America Magazine, August 8, 2018