February 8th is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking. On this occasion, the Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of Religious Institutes have organized the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
“I encourage those who work helping the men, women and children who are enslaved, exploited, abused as instruments of work or pleasure, who are often tortured and mutilated. It is my hope that government leaders may work decisively to remove the causes of this disgraceful scourge, it is a scourge unworthy of society. May each one of us feel committed to being a voice for our brothers and sisters, who have been humiliated in their dignity” said Pope Francis on this day in 2015.
What can you do to help remove this scourge?
- Inform yourself on the phenomenon of human trafficking worldwide and in your own country.
- Make contact with the organizations involved in combatting human trafficking in your own country.
- Participate to the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons.