Black Market Trade in Organs Targeted in Anti-Trafficking Treaty

More than a dozen countries have agreed to enforce laws to fight trafficking in human organs, a business that exploits the world’s poorest people and earns criminals up to $1.2 billion in illegal profits every year.

To read the full article bKatie Nguyen at Reuters: Click Here

AP INVESTIGATION: IS THE FISH YOU BUY CAUGHT BY SLAVES?

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

To read the full article by Margie Mason, Martha Mendoza and Robin McDowell of the Associated Press: Click Here

Q & A with Sr. Gabriella Bottani

Comboni Missionary Sr. Gabriella Bottani is the new coordinator of the international network of sisters working to end human trafficking, Talitha Kum. (Vinnie Rontondaro)

The stats and facts of modern-day human trafficking are shocking. According to the U.S. Department of State, between 800,000 to two million people are trafficked each year, 80 percent of whom are women and girls. Human trafficking facilitates sexual exploitation, forced labor, domestic servitude; it leads to organ removal and forced marriage. It represents, says Comboni Missionary Sr. Gabriella Bottani, a new form of slavery.

Bottani was appointed in January as the new coordinator of Talitha Kum, a Rome-based international network of religious sisters working to end human trafficking. Global Sisters Report spoke to her recently in Washington D.C., where she was participating in a conference.

What is the scope of human trafficking?

It is a worldwide problem. We have statistics. But I think that we can’t only look at the numbers. We can’t say exactly how many persons are actually exploited, for sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, illegal or irregular adoption, organ removal. The numbers are important to understand that this is a huge problem, a worldwide problem – we can’t say that any country is free of human trafficking. But I think that we have to start to reflect on why. Why do we still have slavery? What are the causes? We have to start to reflect.

Read the full story by Vinnie Rotondaro on Global Sisters Report

Way of the Cross—Liliana’s Story

Holy week is nearly upon us.  For those who would like to incorporate a reflection on human trafficking as a part of their spiritual pilgrimage, we would like to recommend an excellent resource from Unanima International.

The 15 stations are a simple and powerful way to connect with the travesty of human trafficking through one woman’s experiences.

To view or download the prayer service: click here

A World of Hurt: 8 Things You Didn’t Know Were Made With Sweatshop Labor

Trade is essential for any economy—or community—to thrive, but not all trade is equal. Our globalized economy makes it easy for companies to use the cheapest labor they can find anywhere in the world, even through means of exploitation, while also making it harder for people to know anything about the conditions under which their goods were made. Together we can change that. 

Learn more from Green America

Human Trafficking: Why Catholic Health Care Commits to the Fight

Those of us who conduct educational seminars and speak at national programs about human trafficking frequently are asked, “Why should we care?” “Why would Catholic health care become involved?” and, in the context of immigration, “What is the relationship between immigration and trafficking?”

These are the right questions, and now is the right time to lay out the answers, in the hope that others in the health care ministry will recognize the need and opt to develop their own strategies to combat human trafficking.

Read the full article by: MC Sullivan, RN, MTS, JD and Sr. Catherine O’Connor, CSB, Ph.D.: from the Catholic Health Association of the United States

Slavery No More: Breaking the Supply Chains of Human Slavery

Saturday, April 18, 2015

8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

4513 Manhattan College Pkwy., Riverdale, NY
Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons
Great Room, fifth floor

please r.s.v.p. at manhattan.edu/antislavery by 8 April.

See flier for details: SlaveryNoMore

Conference on Relationship Between Pornography and Human Trafficking

Cabrini College: Widener Lecture Hall
610 King of Prussia Road Radnor, PA 19087
Saturday April 11, 2015
2:00-4:30 PM

For details see the event poster: Cabrini Poster

South Sudan Rebel Group Frees 250 of its Child Soldiers

A particularly heinous form of human trafficking is the capturing of children to fight in wars as child soldiers. Last week, a South Sudanese rebel group freed 250 child soldiers it was using, including a girl as young as nine, the UN children’s agency has said, but it warned that thousands were still being forced to fight in the country’s civil war.

To read more visit Al Jazeera: click here

Steps Against Juvenile Sex Trafficking

(03/05/2015) The impression that America’s sex-trafficking problem mostly involves young people smuggled from overseas has given way to broad recognition of a cruel homegrown reality: the tens of thousands of juveniles who are exploited each year by traffickers in this country.

On Capitol Hill, a consensus is emerging on new initiatives to confront this human-rights problem and help its victims, often runaways or homeless youngsters who have been forced or coerced into prostitution.

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week unanimously approved a pair of anti-trafficking bills with wide backing from victim advocates and other experts, and the full Senate is expected to take up the package soon.

To read the full story from The New York Times Opinions page: Click Here