Today, women, men and children in the U.S. and around the world are subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude and the sex trade at the hands of human traffickers. Pope Francis and other faith leaders have condemned human trafficking, calling it a crime against humanity, a scourge and an open wound in contemporary society.
On February 8, we celebrate the feast of St. Josephine Bahkita, the patroness of those who are enslaved or trafficked.
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As Catholics, we believe in the dignity of every human life and vehemently oppose human trafficking and modern-day slavery as it contravenes basic human dignity. Pope Francis has stated: “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ.”
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“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.”
Human Rights Office ~ Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph ~ 20 West Ninth Street ~ Kansas City, MO 64105 ~ (816) 756-1850 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org