Learn and Pray about Human Trafficking

Pope Francis reminds us that “Whoever uses and exploits the person, even indirectly, makes himself an accomplice of this abuse [trafficking].* How can we understand better the ways that human flesh is sold for profit in our global economy? What actions can we take for justice? 

On the occasion of the February 8 International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, the CRS University team would like to offer the resources below for learning and reflection. Let our prayer be to overcome our indifference. 

Confronting our indifference – Catholic Social Teaching and human trafficking
a)    "Slavery and Commodity Chains: Fighting the Globalization of Indifference,"  by Vincent J. Miller, America, blogpost January 2, 2014.  Dr. Vince Miller is Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton and was a participant in a 2013 trip to Brazil to work with CRS and its partners on the issue of slave labor.
b)    “On Human Trafficking,” a resource by the USCCB Committee on Migration.

What is human trafficking? 
c)    “International Aspects of Human Trafficking,” by Mary DeLorey, Strategic Advisor, CRS. This five-page essay introduces human trafficking. Expert Mary Delorey discusses the core elements of the Palermo Protocol’s definition of human trafficking and outlines the causal factors that put people at risk of being trafficked. 
d)    Defining terms “Modern-day Slavery: An Explainer,” by Annie Kelly, The Guardian (UK). (See CRS Faculty Learning Commons course materials on human trafficking for full international legal frameworks and definitions.)

Stories of hope from the field -  Brazil (regarding forced labor) and India (regarding sex trafficking)
e)     “Helping Survivors of India’s Sex Slave Trade,” by CRS’ Laura Sheahen. Discusses CRS partner, Prajwala. Based in Hyderabad, Prajwala’s work involves prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration, as well as advocacy and research to promote new policies on trafficking in India.
f)    “From Indian Red-Light District to Green Thumb,” by CRS’ Jennifer Hardy. Discusses CRS partner, Prerana. Based in Mumbai, Prerana provides support and education to rescued girls, trains local organizations on best practices in preventing trafficking and helping those rescued from traffickers, and advocates for legislation and enforcement to protect girls from trafficking.

*Quote from Pope Francis, Address to Ambassadors on the Subject of Human Trafficking, Vatican City, December 13, 2013