INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING, 8 FEBRUARY 2016
FEAST DAY OF ST. BAKHITA
A LIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
«TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
WE MUST JOIN FORCES TO FREE THE VICTIMS AND
STOP THIS CRIME WHICH IS INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE,
THAT THREATENS, IN ADDITION TO INDIVIDUALS,
THE FOUNDING VALUES OF SOCIETY AND ALSO SECURITY
AND INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE, AS WELL AS THE ECONOMY,
THE FAMILY STRUCTURE AND SOCIAL LIFE». .
For several years, the Catholic Church, and in particular the congregations of women religious, have worked in many parts of the world to raise awareness about this scourge, to prevent trafficking in human beings, to denounce traffickers and exploiters and above all to help and protect the victims. The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness about this phenomenon and to reflect on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affect so many people, who have no voice, do not count, and are no one: they are simply slaves.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE WORST EXAMPLES OF SLAVERY IN THE XXI CENTURY
This concerns the whole world. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Unodc) roughly 21 million people, often very poor and vulnerable, are victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour and begging, illegal organ removal, domestic servitude and forced marriages, illegal adoption and other forms of exploitation. Each year, around 2.5 million people are victims of trafficking and slavery: 60 percent are women and children. They often suffer abuse and unspeakable violence. On the other hand, for traffickers and pimps, this is one of the most lucrative illegal activities in the world, generating a total of 32 billion dollars a year. It is the third most profitable “business” after drugs and arms trafficking.
8 FEBRUARY 2015 FEAST DAY OF JOSEPHINE BAKHITA
A freed Sudanese slave, who became a Canossian nun, and was declared a Saint in 2000. The International Day against human trafficking is an invitation to all dioceses and parishes, to religious Congregations of women and men, to groups and movements, to associations and schools… to everyone!
International Union of Superiors General UISG and USG
PROMOTE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
– Pontifical Council of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
– Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
– Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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