Protecting Our Children from Human Trafficking

“It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods.” —Pope Francis

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. On Sunday, January 14, from 11:15 AM-12:30 PM in the Social Hall, all are invited to a program on protecting children from sex trafficking. The program includes the 20-minute film, “Chosen”, remarks by Detectives Roger Baker and Jan Miyasaki from the Madison Police Department and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, and time for reactions and questions.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Justice and Peace Committee also suggests ways to learn more about the problem and to take action.

LEARN

  • Look at this flyer on the problem in Wisconsin and the United States.
  • Discover Catholic Social Teachings on Human Trafficking on the USCCB website.
  • Hear Colleen Stratton, a sex trafficking survivor, share her story during her keynote address at the Wisconsin Catholic Conference’s 2017 Catholics at the Capitol event.
  • Become more aware of the magnitude of the problem in Wisconsin.
  • Check out the article, “There are people for sale here” in the Dec 6, 2017 issue of the Capitol Times.

PRAY
Each day throughout the month pray three Hail Mary’s for the victims and perpetrators of sex trafficking.

REFLECT
Consider what you would do if someone in your family become a victim of sex trafficking.  Ask for the Spirit’s guidance in discerning what you can do to mitigate the problem.  Consider what Jesus would do.

ACT

  • Learn to recognize victims of sex trafficking at the mall, sporting events, truck stops and hotels.
  • Call 911 and National Human Trafficking Resource Center (1-888-373-7888) to report incidents.
  • Share the facts about Sex Trafficking with friends and family.
  • Consider becoming an Ambassador of Hope with Shared Hope International .
  • Support organizations that workto prevent the practice and protect the victims, such as Project RESPECT (a project of ARC Community Services in partnership with the City of Madison and Dane County).
  • Advocate for legislation that will curb sex trafficking and punish perpetrators.