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Enslaved and treated like objects for profit rather than as human beings,victims of human trafficking require liberation from their bondage and support to help them start anew. Those who enslaved them need to be brought to justice and punished accordingly so that they will not have the opportunity to hurt anyone else in the future. Find out more about Human Trafficking and what you can do to spread awareness during National Migration Week and beyond.


Human Trafficking

The Catholic Church has assumed a pastoral responsibility to promote the human dignity of persons exploited through trafficking and slavery and to advocate for their liberation and economic, educational, and formative support.

As much as we would like to believe that slavery and human trafficking are only horrific aspects of our collective past, these tremendous abuses of human rights and human dignity have in some form continued to exist throughout the world and, in fact, are experiencing a dramatic resurgence in recent years. The details vary from country to country, but, put simply, human trafficking is the coerced use of human beings as objects of commerce. It is a reemergence of slave labor and extreme forms of sexual exploitation .

Usually, trafficking victims are lured away from their homes with promises of paid employment in legitimate jobs. They may be abducted — or even purchased — from family members. Once they have fallen into the hands of traffickers, victims’ movements are restricted. They are isolated from the surrounding community, their legal documents are taken, and they are often victims of considerable physical and sexual violence. In destination countries, trafficking victims who escape or are picked up by local authorities are frequently not recognized as victims of a crime but rather considered ‘undocumented aliens.’ Often, they are detained and deported — right back to the traffickers, where they are ‘recycled’ or resold, and their nightmare begins again.
Trafficking in human beings is a $10-billion growth industry. Conservative estimates of the number of people trafficked into forced labor and prostitution range from 700,000 to 2 million (primarily women and children) annually.It is impossible to deny the suffering of the victims of trafficking. What may be harder to understand are the forces that create and sustain this global problem. These forces — and the array of initiatives necessary to combat them — are far more complex. Trafficking does not exist in isolation. It is connected to economic, political and social forces that increase the vulnerability and desperation of the poor and marginalized. Trafficking is one of the most horrific results of the economic and social disparities that increase the vulnerability of millions of people. Such vast inequality allows many within our societies to be considered little more than disposable commodities.

Sources: Catholic Relief Services, USCCB, Stop Traffcking

Also, read this: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=7106