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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a complete violation of human rights that devastates its victims, strips away their dignity and tears at the fabric of global society. The Congregation of St. Joseph, through our charism of unifying inclusive love, is impelled to promote right relationships and denounce the slavery of human trafficking in all of its forms wherever it exists.

Congregation of St. Joseph Position Statement - click here


•  There are an estimated 35.8 million people enslaved in the world.
•  There are an estimated 20.9 million people that are victims of forced labor.
•  There are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history.
•  Every 30 seconds, another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.
•  Human trafficking creates approximately $150 billion in illegal revenue annually.
•  An estimated 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. The average victims age is 11 to 14. 

What can you do?

•    Educate yourselves and others on the issues around human trafficking. Click to watch this informative TEDx presentation on human trafficking! Sister Ann Victory, HM, is currently the education coordinator for the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in northeast Ohio. She recently presented some very compelling information on trafficking at TEDx Talk in Youngstown, Oh.

Members of the Congregation of St. Joseph are also  involved with the Collaborative to End Human trafficking.

•    Use your strength as consumer and investor to promote a society that addresses the incentives for human trafficking. Take the Slavery Footprint to see how many slaves work for you – it’s eye opening! 

•    Assist victims in their escape from slavery in whatever ways you can. The hotline number that one can call if modern-day slavery is suspected is 888.373.7888.

•    Make your voices heard in legislative bodies to pass laws against trafficking.

Connect with the Congregation’s efforts to end human trafficking via Facebook:
or, contact Sister Marie Hogan at mhogan@csjoseph.org 

Polaris, named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society. From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, we spark long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks. Click here to learn more.

Today, our goods are often produced far from where they are bought, successively changing hands along complex and opaque supply chains. But in an increasingly interconnected world, governments, consumers, and investors expect companies to provide greater transparency into their supply chains and to take responsibility for the labor practices within them. KnowTheChain is a resource to promote greater transparency and dialogue around issues of slavery in supply chains. It was created to educate companies, investors, policymakers, and consumers about the existence of slavery in supply chains.

Slavery will end when communities no longer tolerate it, businesses no longer profit from it, development agencies no longer ignore it, and governments no longer allow it. Free the Slaves works on the ground with liberators around the world. We do what it takes to free men, women and children and help them stay free. Ecpat is the only global network dedicated to protecting children from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Join with us.

Do you have a question or need more information? 
Email us at communications@csjoseph.org

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