As much as we would like to believe that slavery and human trafficking are only horrific aspects of our collective past, these tremendous abuses of human rights and human dignity have in some form continued to exist throughout the world and, in fact, are experiencing a dramatic resurgence in recent years. The details vary from country to country, but, put simply, human trafficking is the coerced use of human beings as objects of commerce. It is a reemergence of slave labor and extreme forms of sexual exploitation. ~ Catholic Relief Services
Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. 14,500-17,500 individuals are trafficked into the US each year. (Department of State Statistics)
A Background on Human Trafficking from the USCCB.
Not for Sale is a campaign united to fight the global slave trade of over 30 million people.
Catholic Relief Services supports programs that combat human trafficking through prevention, protection, reintegration and public awareness.