Turn on the Light. Help end Human Trafficking.

Turn on the light to modern-day slavery.

Human trafficking is the third most profitable organized crime, following the drugs and weapons trades, with close to $150 billion in illegal annual revenue.

Human traffickers prey on easy targets – disenfranchised women and children, migrant workers, indigenous people, and populations who are displaced or severely impoverished.  Human trafficking is most prevalent in societies where wide economic and social disparity is the norm. 55% of forced labor victims and 98% of sex-trafficking victims are women and girls.

Turn on the light to help victims

Lured by promises of legitimate jobs, abducted from their homes and sometimes sold by their families, victims disappear into forests, field, factories, mines, hotels, and homes. Workers are isolated, live in deplorable conditions, and have passports and paperwork confiscated. In destination countries, those who escape or are picked up by local authorities are often considered ‘undocumented aliens,’ not victims. Detained and deported right back to the traffickers, they are resold, only for their nightmare to begin again.

Turn on the light for government, business, and consumers

Our mission as Catholics is to shine a light on our brothers and sisters who are suffering and in danger. Not only should we support efforts to rescue and reintegrate victims into society, but we need to stop human trafficking by exposing the infrastructure that allows it to flourish, working with governments to prevent human trafficking and calling on businesses to keep it out of their supply chains.

A 16 year-old Peruvian girl sits on a bed with her face hidden having been rescued from sex trafficking. Many children, like this young girl from Kenya, are rescued from trafficking situations and take a second chance at school.

“It is a disgrace that people are treated as objects, deceived, raped, often sold many times for different purposes and, in the end, killed or, in any case, physically and mentally damaged, ending up thrown away and abandoned.”

Pope Francis

Support Education for Vulnerable Girls

Children who are refugees are more vulnerable to human trafficking, early marriage and forced labor. Providing opportunities for education is one way to reduce their risk of being trafficked.

Urge your Senators to act now to prevent human trafficking by passing the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act.

 

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