The issue of human trafficking is not only global, and increasing, but goes largely unnoticed by the media unless there is a particularly horrendous event like the April 14th kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls. We are called to prayer and action on their behalf.
The exploitation of persons--for labor or sexual purposes--is the third largest illegal “business” after drug and arms trafficking. Estimates of victims are hard to accurately collect, so FAN is building imperative public awareness.
FAN has signed on to a statement of principles and recommendations for confronting the modern-day slavery issue of Human Trafficking. Read more about the statement and get more resources here.
In our continuing work on the social injustice of human trafficking, Executive Director, Patrick Carolan represented FAN at a meeting at the USCCB with representatives from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) last month. This meeting lead to great networking of ideas for ways to raise general awareness and advocate for victims.
David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. PhD, DMin., is the research analyst on economic issues for the Franciscan Action Network in Washington, DC. He is the outgoing director of the Office for Pastoral Planning for the Archdiocese of Boston and the director of Catholic Consultations International, a ministry that provides organizational development and mediation services to Catholic and not for profit institutions. He provides a look at consumerism with a focus on the issue of human trafficking.
The Hilton Prize - the world's largest humanitarian prize - awarded to ECPAT, the global NGO leading the fight to stop commercial sexual exploitation of children. The prize spotlights the atrocities of the child sex exploitation industry around the globe.