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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – July 30

We are aware of the scourge of Human Trafficking for purposes of forced labour, organ removal, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation. Although statistics are unreliable due to the covert nature of the crime, we know that Canada is a source, transit, and destination point for human trafficking. 

We also know that human traffickers prey on the poor and vulnerable, usually by false promises of financial security and a better life. But “poverty isn’t a problem that needs to be fixed; it is a wound that needs to be healed.” (Derek Cook, Director of Canadian Poverty Institute, Calgary.)

There are now positive actions against this crime: our Federal Government is developing an anti-poverty strategy and Ontario has announced plans to prevent homelessness of youth by raising the age of protection to 17. 

What can we do? We can continue to raise awareness of Human Trafficking among our families and acquaintances. We can use our computers to access and respond to requests from anti-trafficking web-sites. And we can pray! “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7)

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

Adapted from a prayer by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Compassionate and gracious God, words cannot express what our hearts feel when we hear of men, women and children being deceived and forced into situations of exploitation and abuse. 

We are angry that their dignity and rights are violated by human traffickers. 

Give us courage and wisdom as we search for ways to lift people out of the poverty that makes them susceptible to traffickers. Show us how to support these victims in restoring their selfhood and dignity. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Sister Anne Schenck

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