“Human Trafficking is a plague on humanity!” Pope Francis
Human Trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human trafficking still exists today throughout the United States and globally when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to trap victims in horrific situations every day in America. All trafficking victims share one essential experience – the loss of freedom. (From Polaris Project website http://www.polarisproject.org/
- The second largest worldwide criminal endeavor, human trafficking creates profits of over $32 billion per year.
- Our greater Boston neighborhood is a center for human trafficking. It occurs in hotels, entertainment/strip clubs, massage parlors, restaurants, the streets, homes, and other places.
- Survivors of Trafficking – Young women who have been enticed into prostitution or forced labor often feel they have no possibility of escape. Most cities do not provide safe places specifically designated for survivors of trafficking; many shelters offer short-term stays and may not be geared to the traumas of trafficked women. A percentage of survivors return to their lives of prostitution because they feel trapped.
- Resource: Check out Stop Trafficking, an Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter at http://www.stopenslavement.org/ This resource is made possible through national and international congregations of women religious and their partners.
- Need Help? In U.S. call 1 (888) 373-7888, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center for 24 – 7 assistance. Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages! http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org