Australian Marist Sister, Noelene Simmons, locates human trafficking close to home. She writes... Did you know that millions of women, men, boys and girls are trafficked each year into situations such as domestic servitude, forced labour, sexual exploitation, organ harvesting,
Pope Francis has referred to human trafficking as "a crime against humanity". In 2015 he proclaimed the feast of St Josephine Bakhita on the 8th February to be the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.
Patron saint for victims of slavery, Josephine Bakhita was born in the
For just on ten years now I have been involved with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). My work involves giving presentations to raise awareness about human trafficking, advocating on behalf of those affected by this crime, networking with other NGO's working in this field and managing the ACRATH website and social media platforms. Based on our belief in the dignity and human rights of every
So how does human trafficking affect your life? Many of the goods we purchase are tainted by human trafficking and slavery. Perhaps children have been forced to harvest the cocoa in your chocolate bar, or garment workers have been forced to work in unsafe conditions for long hours and
You can help in the fight against slavery. As a
People ask me what keeps me working in this field when I am exposed to real stories of people experiencing trauma. As a Marist
While we may not often see the results of our work, with Mary, we believe "nothing is impossible for God" and so we continue working with commitment and hope.
Noelene Simmons SM
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In N.Z. there is an organization called "Stop Demand" which is fighting trafficking. A M/s Ritchie, a young lawyer, is fighting for the women. We should all support this organization.
Please tell me more about how I can contribute to your workl
Suggest you check the ACRATH website first, Brian: https://acrath.org.au/
I know that our SMSMs have been long active trying to help the victims of human trafficking in San Francisco, and San Diego in California, USA, and sisters working at their General House in Rome, visit often women in prison in Rome. They are an example and inspiration for the rest of us!