sex trafficking

Sisters of St. Joseph call for better farmworking conditions

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers promotes fair treatment of farm workers. The Florida-based organization recently partnered with the Sisters of St. Joseph U.S. Federation to raise awareness of labor trafficking in the United States.

The working conditions on the tomato farm were extremely difficult. There was no access to water on hot days, no bathrooms in sight, and workers regularly experienced harassment at the hands of their bosses. The abuses were all too common, and workers felt they didn't have enough power to speak up.

Forum in Imperial spells out realities of human sex trafficking

A young woman stopped in a convenience store in west St. Louis County. As she was making her purchase, a man entered and acted frantic about having a problem with his car. He asked the young woman if she could help; at first thought, she considered helping. But a conversation she had a few days prior on the subject of sex trafficking made her stop and think twice. She asked the male clerk if he would be willing to assist the man.

Pope praises police-church network to stop trafficking, meets victims

VATICAN CITY -- Meeting four victims of human trafficking, dozens of religious sisters and senior police chiefs from 20 countries, Pope Francis praised their coordinated efforts to fight against a "crime against humanity."

"Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ," he said.

Battling sex trafficking | Women religious join fight against multi-billion trade, St. Louis ranks among top 20 trafficking cities

St. Louis has become a prime area for sex trafficking, primarily because of the growing online marketplace for the sex trade as well as easy access to interstate highways and its position as a hub for large-scale conventions and sporting activities. The Department of Justice has identified St. Louis among the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions in the country.

At 15 years old, she lived in a loving household, homeschooled by her family. Young and curious, she decided to study abroad. With her parents, she did some research and found a program. When she arrived at her destination, she quickly discovered she had been lured into a sex trafficking ring. Her father eventually flew overseas to rescue her.

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EDITORIAL | Women religious are vehicles of compassion for trafficking victims

As Catholics, we are called to seek out human injustices and restore dignity whenever possible. One area in need of attention is the issue of sex trafficking.

In the United States, sex trafficking generates an estimated $9.5 billion a year, according to the United Nations. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in this country. The average age of a child victim is 13 or 14 years old.

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