The United Nations has declared July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.
Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, the report states.
Pope Francis calls human trafficking "an atrocious scourge, a crime against humanity, a grave violation of human rights and all the more to be condemned when it takes place against children."
Faith in Action
Here are some ways to take action against modern day slavery:
Pledge to End Modern Day Slavery
Congress: Strengthen Anti-Human Trafficking Programs
End Modern Slavery Initiative – Put Your Name on the line
Walk for Freedom – October 14
Posted on Thu, July 20, 2017
by Mary Lou Simcoe