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Join with Us in a Pentecost Novena to End Human Trafficking
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have compiled a Pentecost Novena to End Human Trafficking and invite all of us to join with them in prayer to end this horrible violence to and oppression of God’s children. While this novena is intended to be prayed during Pentecost time (May 23), it may be used in your prayers at any time.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or taking of persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, fraud or deception for the purpose of exploiting them.
The United Nations estimates that 2.5 million persons are trafficked annually. It deprives people of their human rights and freedoms, is a global health risk and fuels organized crime.
Victims of trafficking are forced or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. Labor trafficking ranges from domestic servitude and small-scale labor operations to large-scale operations such as farms, sweatshops and major multinational corporations.
Sex trafficking is one of the most profitable forms of trafficking and involves any form of sexual exploitation in prostitution, pornography, bride trafficking and the commercial sexual abuse of children.
The United States is a destination country for international trafficking—transportation of foreign women and children into the United States for purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. The U.S. State Department estimates that approximately 18,000 foreign nationals are trafficked annually into the United States alone.
The Catholic Church is calling on all of us to respond to human trafficking because it is such a sinful offense against human dignity and fundamental human rights. According to the American Catholic Bishops, “The reality of thousands of our brothers and sisters laboring in modern-day slavery compels us to act now to stop human trafficking and to serve the survivors of this crime.” The bishops have issued a statement entitled “On Human Trafficking” which addresses the reality of trafficking, Catholic social teaching and a call to action. In addition, Pope Benedict has issued numerous papal letters decrying the evils of human trafficking; among the most notable is “Migration: A Sign of the Times.”
Please join the Sisters of St. Joseph and God’s people worldwide to end the sexual exploitation of God’s most vulnerable people.