Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where traffickers use force, fraud, coercion, or drugs to exploit human persons for commercial sex, labor, and even organs. Women, men, and children around the world and here in New Hampshire currently are victims of human trafficking.Victims come from a wide range of social, racial, and economic backgrounds, but poverty, civil unrest, and migration make individuals particularly vulnerable to this form of exploitation.
The Catholic faith teaches that each and every person is made to the image and likeness of God and, therefore, has infinite value and worth. We are called to recognize this sacredness in every human person. The crime of human trafficking - the buying and selling of human persons as if objects of merchandise – is a grave violation of human dignity. The Church works to end human trafficking and to minister to those who have suffered from its evils.
Read more about it:
USCCB, “On Human Trafficking,”
Vatican Migrants & Refugees Section, Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking
USCCB Committee on Migration, “Statement on Human Trafficking,” December 2007
Organizations with Human Trafficking Websites