International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime of enormous proportions far beyond the ability of any one community or country to abolish. It is one of the three largest criminal activities in the world, alongside the drugs and arms trades. The victims of human trafficking are society’s most vulnerable – the poor, women and children.

This International Day against Human Trafficking constitutes “a mobilisation of awareness and prayer on a global scale. Our awareness must expand and extend to the very depths of this evil and its farthest reaches…from awareness to prayer…from prayer to solidarity…and from solidarity to concerted action, until slavery and trafficking are no more.”

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a letter on the occasion of this first International Day against Human Trafficking. In it, he outlines the life stories of several people living in Canada who were victims of human trafficking, proposes how Canadians can deepen their awareness of the problem and combat it, and gives the example of women religious as seen in the work of the Canadian Religious Conference.

Link to the message of the CCCB President (PDF)

Link to CRC resources on human trafficking

Link to an outline of Saint Josephine Bakhita's life and spirituality

Link to the prayer by the Holy See for the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking (PDF)