- Jul 26, 2021
Talitha Kum, the global network of women religious who advocate for and help victims of human trafficking, have launched a campaign to rally forces “to create long-term, sustainable change to dismantle the systems that enable oppression and exploitation.”
Sisters working on the frontlines in various fields said their role as advocates is not about speaking for the people they assist, but empowering those individuals to find their own voice.
The pandemic-related economic downturn, business closures, increase in global unemployment and reduced incomes have contributed to greater human trafficking of children, women, domestic workers and migrants without legal status.
When the priest of the lone Catholic parish in the U.S.-Mexico border city of Donna, Texas, considers the present situation at the border, his first concern is for the unaccompanied minors trying to gain entry to the United States.
Speakers at the 2021 Shine the Light Human Trafficking Conference agreed that the root causes of human trafficking have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and left especially women and children at a higher risk.
Pope Francis on Monday joined survivors of human trafficking, religious sisters and cardinals in a day of prayer against modern day slavery, calling for a “courageous economy” with market rules that promote justice and bans human trafficking.
Organizers of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking are hosting a cross-continental “prayer marathon” Feb. 8 to pray for an economy free of exploited, trafficked persons.
Pope Francis encouraged people to put themselves in the shoes of victims of human trafficking.