In this article Sr Eilís Coe highlights some of the initiatives taking place in Ireland at the moment concerning anti-human trafficking. Just at the moment a very unique ‘Gift Box’ is touring Ireland.
Anti Human Trafficking
The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking that will be celebrated on February 8, 2017 is approaching. This year the programme introduces a new element. It invites us to focus on one specific aspect of the vast and complex world of human trafficking: the trafficking of boys, girls and adolescents with the specific slogan: They are just children! Not slaves! We invite you to join Religious Sisters of Charity throughout the world in praying for this special intention...
We can be powerful agents of change for those made poor. In the spirit of Mary Aikenhead we ask these questions. What issues or situations are we passionate about? As RSC’s we are called to be passionate about the poor. That passion is fuelled by our daily quiet, contemplative prayer that hears the cry of the poor.
In an effort to equip the Sisters and the local community in Warri Diocese with the necessary information and knowledge about the issue of human trafficking. The Sisters of Charity held a Capacity Building Workshop which was organised by Sr Justina Nelson in collaboration with NAPTIP (National Agency Prohibiting Trafficking in Person) who were also the resource people.
A full day took place in a room in the House of Commons in London to discuss how best to proceed with legislation around prostitution. The day was attended by representatives of various organisations who work with those caught up in prostitution or human trafficking.
Sr. Justina Nelson RSC is engaged in anti–human trafficking awareness raising in Warri Diocese in Delta State, Nigeria. Human trafficking is getting worse in the State as traffickers are taking advantage of the poverty and hardship caused by the economic recession affecting everyone. They are moving more to the interior and remote villages and even the city dwellers are not spared. Most young women, even though some of them have heard about human trafficking, seemed not to be convinced and are still lured away.
Sr Eilis Coe RSC writes: "March 2016 was a busy and interesting month from the point of view of Anti Human trafficking. Three evens took place which were of significance for our work as RSCs committed to Care of the Earth and the Abolition of Human Trafficking :
For those of us involved in the multiple facets of fighting human trafficking, it has a price. We hear painful stories while growing in sensitivity and compassion for the suffering of victims. Listening to the horrendous stories, up against systemic injustice and organized crime, and fighting for benefits for survivors demands a commitment and a strong personal support system. How can we continue without compassion fatigue, burnout or cynicism? How can we be attentive to trauma stewardship and be mindful of the resources that sustain us in the work?
Awarded gold, Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden highlighted the chilling fact that, two centuries after the passing of the Slavery Act, there are still 27 million slaves worldwide.