Sr. Justina Nelson RSC is engaged in anti–human trafficking awareness raising in Warri Diocese in Delta State, Nigeria. Human trafficking is getting worse in the State as traffickers are taking advantage of the poverty and hardship caused by the economic recession affecting everyone. They are moving more to the interior and remote villages and even the city dwellers are not spared. Most young women, even though some of them have heard about human trafficking, seemed not to be convinced and are still lured away.
Anti Human Trafficking
Sr Eilis Coe RSC writes: "March 2016 was a busy and interesting month from the point of view of Anti Human trafficking. Three evens took place which were of significance for our work as RSCs committed to Care of the Earth and the Abolition of Human Trafficking :
For those of us involved in the multiple facets of fighting human trafficking, it has a price. We hear painful stories while growing in sensitivity and compassion for the suffering of victims. Listening to the horrendous stories, up against systemic injustice and organized crime, and fighting for benefits for survivors demands a commitment and a strong personal support system. How can we continue without compassion fatigue, burnout or cynicism? How can we be attentive to trauma stewardship and be mindful of the resources that sustain us in the work?
Awarded gold, Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden highlighted the chilling fact that, two centuries after the passing of the Slavery Act, there are still 27 million slaves worldwide.
Our sisters in the U.S. have told us about an innovative way of helping fight sex trafficking through the use of a special app that can be downloaded onto smart phones, or android devices. This app TraffickCam, released in January 2016, is an app which allows users to upload photos of hotel rooms when travelling.
One of our Congregational objectives in our strategic plan is: In order to respond to the ever-increasing scope and diversity of human trafficking we will create opportunities in our areas to further educate ourselves and our sisters over the next two years on internal trafficking within their various countries, particularly the trafficking of children.
The Religious Sisters of Charity worldwide is committed to the abolition of Human Trafficking and care of the earth. In the Nigerian Region, we join our Sisters in other part of the globe in this struggle. We are engaged in awareness raising and sensitization programmes in both rural and urban areas where we live and work. Using posters, flyers and drama we portray the reality of trafficking.
In California Sr Kathleen Bryant recently wrote an article for Global Sisters Report to mark the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Click on the following title to read Sr Kathleen’s article - Resilience in women survivors. Click on the 'Continue Reading' link below to to see a YouTube video that shares the wisdom from women who survived human trafficking and are now thriving. What can they teach us about hope and the sources of resilience.
The inter-Congregational campaigning and awareness raising group, TRAC, to which Sr Pat Kenny and Sr Patricia Byrne belong on behalf of the English/Scottish Province, has produced cards for distribution in the UK. They aim to highlight that human trafficking happens in the UK and to enable people to be aware and to take action.