The 30th July was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
According to the UN at least 2.5 million people are trapped in modern- day slavery Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking.
pdf Attached (531 KB) are some stories about trafficked people in Australia and also some links for prayers for trafficked people and further reading on this serious crime and breach of human rights.
"I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “ Where is your brother ? Where is your sister?” Where is your brother or sister enslaved" - Pope Francis
Human Trafficking is Not to be Tolerated "Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all." - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
For Prayer ideas: http://acrath.org.au/resources/prayer/
"Every year 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. There is unprecedented recognition that child marriage infringes their rights and is a major setback to development."
For more information about pdf World Day against Trafficking in Persons (531 KB) visit http://acrath.org.au