Few crimes are more abhorrent than child trafficking and few crimes are more challenging for communities to recognize and address. U.S. citizens and foreign national children are trafficked for sex and labor in the United States. In fact, many child victims of human trafficking are students in the American school system. No community – urban, rural, or suburban – and no school, socioeconomic group or student demographic is immune. All of us can educate ourselves to the evil of human trafficking.
View the website of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking at: http://www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org
Each year, an estimated 17,000 vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries and come to the United States to find a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare often begins when they reach our shores. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking program (ATP) mission is to educate people on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person, to advocate for an end to modern day slavery, and to provide training and technical assistance.
To view great articles and learn more, see http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/index.cfm.
Human Trafficking and Sporting Events
Traffickers are opportunistic hunters and see major sporting events, and the thousands of people who flock to sports venues, as an opportunity for huge profits with little risk of penalty or punishment. Human trafficking is a business, and traffickers will take advantage of what they perceive to be good business opportunities-including national and international sporting events.
Access the web site: http://www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org/.
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
This interactive workshop will educate teens about commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking by providing essential knowledge and skills necessary to recognize the warning signs of sexual exploitation, protect themselves from exploitative relationships, and live an empowered life.
Rochester Public Library Auditorium
Thursday, April 28th 4-6 PM
Sponsored by Mission 21
Join us to learn how justice and restoration are making inroads to counter the human trafficking activities taking place in our area. Discover what is being done to break these chains of oppression.
Heintz Center Commons – RCTC Campus
Thursday, April 14, 7-9 PM
Free admission and parking!
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Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester, MN