An estimated 50,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked annually into the United States, a modern day form of Slavery.
WHO ARE TRAFFICKED?
- Women and children are the key target group, because of their limited economic resources and lack of control over their own lives
- People from impoverished areas exploited by promises of an improved economic situation
- Young girls running away from home or girls from families needing their daughters to financially contribute to their support
TRAFFICKED FOR WHAT REASONS?
The United Nations has described trafficking in women and children as the third largest criminal business in the world, after drug and weapons trafficking. Its roots are in global poverty and lack of education.
Trafficking begins with deliberate deception. A typical example: Recruiters travel to poor areas, promise young women employment as waitresses, then place them in brothels. Forced to pay for food, clothing and lodging, the women find themselves in a state of almost permanent bondage.
PRAYER for an END to TRAFFICKING
O God, our words cannot express
What our minds can barely comprehend
And our hearts feel
When we hear of women and girls deceived
And transported to unknown places
For purposes of sexual exploitation and abuse
Because of human greed and profit
At this time in our world.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry
That their dignity and rights are being
Transgressed through threats,
Deception and force.
We cry out against the degrading practice of
Trafficking and pray for it to end.
Strengthen the fragile-spirited
Make real your promises
To fill these our sisters with a love
That is tender and good
And send the exploiters away empty-handed.
Give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with them
That together we will find ways
To the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen.
(Prayer by S. Gen Cassani, SSND)
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