One of FAN’s founding principles is the care for human rights. Human trafficking is an issue we work on diligently in order to bring about awareness. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility is a coalition of faith and values-driven organizations who view the management of their investments as a powerful catalyst for social change. FAN Member, the Franciscans Friars of the Holy Name Province are members of this coalition.
The exploitation of persons--for labor or sexual purposes--is the third largest illegal “business” after drug and arms trafficking. While slavery was officially abolished in the United States 150 years ago, in 2012 the International Labor Organization conservatively estimated that some 21 million persons globally, including in the US, remain enslaved. 14.2 million people are victims of forced labor and another 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation. Other estimates put the victims of modern day slavery much higher, however due to the clandestine nature of trafficking, it is difficult to get accurate numbers.
For this reason, building public awareness of labor and sex trafficking is imperative. Due to recent media attention, new domestic and international legislation, consumer pressure and the collective initiatives of faith-based and non-governmental organizations, human trafficking and modern-day slavery are no longer considered underground crimes committed in far off lands, but understood as real threats that are “hidden in plain sight”. Attached is a statement published by the ICCR, "Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices for Confronting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery."
We invite you to investigate more resources at ICCR’s website.