The Daughters of Wisdom work to empower women on all levels. One of the horrors of the present day is human trafficking, which is actually modern day slavery. Women and men are enslaved through sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW represents the Daughters of Wisdom and serves on a Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking of persons. The Coalition conducts programs that attempt to educate the public about the reality of human trafficking, lobbies with public officials to enact laws that protect those who are trafficked, and to prevent further trafficking. This Coalition supports Lifeway Network, an agency that educates people about human trafficking and operates two Safe Houses for women who are rescued from human trafficking.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS
This year’s International Day Against Human Trafficking in Persons is July 30, 2017.
Join us in a prayer service prepared Sr. Ann Gray of the USA Province on behalf of JPIC International.
What is human trafficking?
“Human trafficking means the capture, transport, transfer or reception of people by force or other form of coercion, abduction, fraud, deceit, abuse of power or a position of vulnerability or by delivery of payments or benefits in order to obtain the consent of a person having control over others for purposes of exploitation. This operation includes, in any case, prostitution of others or other forms of sexual abuse, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
Definition of the United Nations in the “Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish human trafficking, especially women and children” Compliment of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Palermo, Italy, 2000.
Pope Francis’ 2015 World Day of Peace Message is entitled, “No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters.” He calls us to remember that all peoples are our family, and together, we need to cry out and act to end the human trafficking of our brothers and sisters.
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