For information from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, please visit Become a Shepherd.
Stop human trafficking and exploitation. Protect, help, empower and restore dignity.
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
For more information, please contact Jan at email@example.com
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 industry.
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,
are 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 and schooling.
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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 fundamental rights.
Advocacy: be a voice for the voiceless. Speak out to your Congressmen on behalf of our enslaved brothers and sisters.
It’s easy to do. Contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Catholic Relief Services
Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
International Justice Mission
Blue Campaign/Homeland Security
U.S. 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