Jan. 20, 2017

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking that will be celebrated on February 8, 2017 is approaching
 
Liturgical memory of Saint Bakhita

#theyarejustchildrennotslaves

Watch and share the spot
 
If you want to know more about this Day established by Pope Francis in 2015 click here
 
Let us pray and be informed on the widespread phenomenon of the trafficking of children and adolescents. On the website www.preghieracontrotratta.org you can find more information and materials.
 
We invite you to participate as possible in your community and in your city. If you are in Rome you can see the events proposed for the week from 1 to 8 February 2017: click here
 
You can take part in this initiative:
 
Organizing a prayer: download the text

 

Contacting the press to raise awareness

download the press release
read testimonials to sensitize
send the video spot
send the audio spot
 
Hanging the poster in your community or Parish
 
Reading something about the phenomenon of trafficking

Very often mere children are involved in sexual trafficking, as in the case of three cousins ??aged 8 and 9 years from a poor family in Cebu City, Philippines, trafficked for cybersex. "A guy approached our mothers  and asked if we wanted to earn some money” say the little ones – “He asked to take us to a place to meet foreign people on the internet. According to him, he would only show our faces on the computer and in return would give 100 pesos. Our mothers, thinking about money they would receive, accepted the offer. The guy convinced us to go with him to help our families. Since we were very poor we believed in his promises ". But very soon they found themselves involved in a terrifying reality. They were threatened not to tell at home what they were forced to undergo.  Thanks to the intervention of the local police, they managed to escape. The girls followed a recovery program, but the psychological damage suffered has marked them forever.