During Lent this year we are invited to pray each week for the Trafficked Persons, survivors of Human Trafficking and for the conversion of the perpetrators of this crime. Each week we offer a brief reflection, based on the Sunday Readings.
Anti Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is a big issue, though more awareness is being raised, there is still a lot to be done especially in the rural areas where the traffickers take advantage of the poverty of the people. Some of the young people have heard about human trafficking but had no idea how the traffickers operate.
Early this year, on 6th March, the Sisters in the Irish Province were invited to attend a morning of reflection on the theme of combating human trafficking as a Gospel imperative. Dr Suzanne Mulligan of the Pontifical University, Maynooth gave two talks and Sr Una O’Neill RSC responded to the talks.
Trafficking for forced labour in the form of coercive and deceptive recruitment is a serious problem throughout the world:
Forced Labour and trafficking in persons involves movement of persons for the purpose of performing labour, most probably to engage in illicit activities or employment to be carried out under working conditions that are below the statutory standards.
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery. Check out their website HERE.
New Legislation in Scotland: The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill (Scotland)
The Scottish Government introduced this Bill in December 2014. it is now in its final stage on its journey through the Scottish parliament. It will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time in Scotland.
We, the Religious Sisters of Charity, inspired by the love of Christ, take a corporate stance against the Trafficking of Human Persons because we believe in the dignity of each and every human being and in their right to justice. At our General Chapters 2013 we committed ‘ourselves once more to be a voice for all who suffer injustice’.
The Congregational Anti Human Trafficking Team
The new Anti-Human Trafficking Team was formed in 2014. It is made up of representatives from each province and region and the Australian Congregation.