Happy Human Trafficking Awareness Day!

Catholic Relief Services’ Voices posts the formal definition of human trafficking:

In 2000, an internationally agreed upon definition of trafficking was developed as part of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and more specifically its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. In this Protocol, “Trafficking in persons (is defined as) the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation includes, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Change.org’s End Human Trafficking site offers some activities to commemorate this important day. Among them: “Teach others to look beneath the surface. The Department of Health and Human Services has free fact sheet for download on their website. Print some out, take them to a public place and start handing them out!”

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