Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Perpetrators use force, fraud or coercion to lure victims into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. This violates their human dignity and denies their God-given freedom. Pope Francis and other faith leaders have set a goal of eradicating modern slavery by 2020. Their moral leadership has greatly expanded efforts to end human trafficking.
In 2007 the Sisters of St. Agnes adopted a corporate stance against sex trafficking. As a member of UNANIMA International, the Congregation assisted with its campaign called Stop the Demand, and has continued to raise awareness of the trafficking of women and children.
In response to resolutions by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), sisters have been in the forefront of efforts to end human trafficking. In 2016, with the full support of Wisconsin’s Catholic Bishops, WI’s LCWR prepared a toolkit for parishes in WI to promote awareness of human trafficking. Contents of the toolkit are available on the anti-human trafficking Webpage of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. In WI LCWR also sponsored ads on buses and billboards to create awareness of the hotline at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Human trafficking is rampant in the hospitality sector of the economy. For this reason, the Sisters of St. Agnes recommend asking hotel and motel managers if they have adopted The Code which is designed to protect children from human trafficking. You can find a sample letter on this Website.
For more information about human trafficking view the following handouts:
- 2016 Human Trafficking Overview
- 2016 Youth Sexual Exploitation
- 2016 Prostitution and Trafficking
- 2016 Forced Marriage and Organ Trafficking
- 2016 Shopping and Fair Trade
- 2016 Actions for Human Trafficking Prevention
- 2016 Prayer Calendar
CSA recommends other organizations that provide helpful information and actions to end modern slavery.
Stop Trafficking Newsletter (new issue monthly)
Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking (NEW WEBSITE of the WI Anti-human Trafficking Consortium)
For more information contact:
Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
320 County Road K
Fond du Lac, WI 54937-8158
Phone: (920) 907-2315
Fax: (920) 921-8177