Reflection & prayer to end human trafficking

January 20, 2017 by

For the 30 days leading up the to the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, we ask you to join us in prayer and reflection to end human trafficking in the towns and cities where we live, across the United States and around the world.

St. Josephine was born in southern Sudan in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name; Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” was the name given to her by her kidnappers.

Below is a calendar of prayers beginning Jan. 11 and continuing until Feb. 8, St. Josephine’s Feast Day. Or, if you’d like to download and print the calendar, CLICK HERE. (Our special thanks to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Calif., for sharing this calendar.)

More information about this modern slavery is listed at the bottom of this post.

 

The Facts About Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

• There are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally
• 68% of them are trapped in forced labor
• 26% of them are children
• 55% are women and girls
• Globally, an estimated 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation
• In 2015, it is estimated 1 out of 5 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely victims of child sex trafficking
• Question if the goods you consume are made from enslaved labor
• Promote responsible labor by urging Congress to support the Transparency Act in Supply Chains
http://polarisproject.org/action/support-transparency-supply-chains
• Visit Polaris website to recognize the signs of a trafficked victim and sign up to get alerts/updates:
https://polarisproject.org/recognize-signs

See something suspicious? 888-3737-888 Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline

(Sources: International Department of Labor, International Labor Organization, Polaris Project)

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