Women, young men and children are being transported into slavery all around our world. Our sisters see evidence in every part of the world that we work in. From child labour to child soldiers, from domestic service to bonded labour, from child pornography to forced prostitution - slavery is still very much with us. Children have been sold for the price of a television, young women seeking a way out of poverty have responded to fake job advertisements and unknowingly been recruited into a life of sexual slavery and exploitation. 
These days we call it Human Trafficking.

What is human trafficking?

“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of persons by improper means, such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion, for an improper purpose, like forced or coerced labour, servitude, or sexual exploitation.”

This definition is based on the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women. (2000). And it’s big business!! The profits are staggering. It is estimated that a woman who has been trafficked into forced prostitution can bring in anything between $75,000 and $250,000 a year for her ‘owner’ as part of what has become a $32 billion international industry. This makes trafficking the second largest organised criminal activity after the illegal arms trade, beating the drugs trade into third place. In fact, it has been suggested that some organised crime rings are moving out of the drugs trade into human trafficking because it is more lucrative and less dangerous!! 

On arrival at their destination, the trafficked person is usually physically confined, all personal documents such a passports and identity cards are taken from them and a life of abuse begins.




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As part of our commitment as a congregation to the issue of Trafficking of persons, our Justice and Peace Centre hosts TRAC (An independent Inter-Congregational Initiative working to end Trafficking for sexual exploitation). 

Visit the TRAC website!!

The TRAC group is attended by representatives of around 15 congregations with links to Unanima International the Dutch Foundation of Religious against Trafficking in Women (SRTV), Renate-Europe, PACE (formerly CROP - this organisation works with the families of young women and children who have been trafficked within the UK). 

The Group has prepared speakers packs, letter writing campaigns, an on-line campaign, liturgies and a Way of the Cross (which has now been translated into Dutch and French by SRTV an European Collaboration of Religious). 

Members of the TRAC Group also undertake regular speaking engagements with Church groups, Parishes,
J & P groups etc. 

For information on what’s happening in Ireland visit

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