For information from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, please
Become a Shepherd.
Stop human trafficking and exploitation. Protect, help, empower and
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
For more information, please
contact Jan at
As much as we'd like to believe that slavery and human trafficking are
only horrific aspects of our collective past, today there are nearly
36 million children, women, and
men worldwide held as slaves in forced labor and sex trafficking.
Of that 36 million,
nearly two million are children that are exploited in the commercial sex
The latest report from the International Labour Organization was
released in May 2014 and estimates:
Illegal profits made
from all forms of human trafficking worldwide amount to
$150 billion per year;
Two thirds of the
profits, amounting to an estimated
$99 billion per year,
generated by commercial sexual exploitation exacted by fraud or force;
One third of the
profits, $51.2 billion, are
made from forced labor exploitation.
This picture is of two young boys trapped in involuntary servitude on
Lake Volta in Ghana where they work as forced laborers in the fishing
industry. The boys are
awakened long before dawn, for a 15 hour day of fishing, paddling, and
untangling nets beneath the boat.
The work is very laborious and dangerous.
The boys are malnourished, beaten, and deprived of medical help
What can you do to help? Here
are four areas where you can make a difference:
awareness, prayer, advocacy and action.
Awareness is the first step to fighting this global scourge.
Share this information with family and friends.
Pray for the rescue and restoration of all victims of human trafficking
and for an end to this horrific crime
which violates a human beings
Advocacy: be a voice for the voiceless.
Speak out to your Congressmen on behalf of our enslaved brothers
It's easy to
do. Contact Jan at
for more information.
Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Catholic Relief Services
Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
International Justice Mission
Department of State/Human Trafficking
International Labor Organization/Human Trafficking
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (888-373-7888)
U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Cyber Crimes