The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, is designated as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. The crime of human trafficking must be addressed everywhere by all people who believe in justice, freedom and human rights.
Please join us in the following prayer
O God, when we hear of children and adults deceived and taken to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labor and organ “harvesting,” our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies and force. We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery and pray with St. Bakhita for it to end. Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good. Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from this wickedness, and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen.