World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Quote of the Day

Today is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, promoted by the United Nations. Each year, thousands of men, women and children are innocent victims of sexual and organ trafficking, and it seems that we are so accustomed to seeing it as a normal thing. This is ugly, it is cruel, it is criminal! I would like to draw on everyone’s commitment to make this aberrant plague, a modern form of slavery, adequately countered. Let us pray together the Virgin Mary to support the victims of trafficking and to convert the hearts of traffickers. — Pope Francis, statement for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2017

Question of the Day

Where is your brother?

Videos of the Day

Identifying victims of human trafficking

Red Flags

  • Seems anxious, fearful or paranoid.  Avoids eye contact.
  • Tearfulness or signs of depression.
  • Unexplained bruises or cuts or other signs of physical abuse.
  • Appears to be in a relationship with someone who is dominating.
  • Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf.
  • Not in control of their own finances.
  • Presents with secrecy or unable to answer questions about where they live.
  • Inconsistent details when telling their story.
  • Has no identification such as a license, passport or other ID documents.
  • Inability to leave their job or residence.  Says they cannot schedule appointments.
  • Being a recent arrival to the United States and does not speak English.
  • Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts.  Or at any age unwillingly providing commercial sex acts.
  • Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity.

Screening Questions 

  • Can you leave your job or house when you want?
  • Where did you get those bruises or is anyone hurting you?
  • Do you get paid for your employment?  Is it fair?  How many hours do you work?
  • (If foreign national) How did you get to the U.S. and is it what you expected?  Are you being forced to do anything you don’t want to do?
  • Are you or your family being threatened?
  • Do you live with or near your employer?  Does your employer provide you housing?  Are there locks on doors or windows from outside?
  • Do you owe debt to anyone?

Help is available

  • Call and make a report to the human trafficking hotline at 888 373 7888.  The hotline has language capabilities, so any individual can call directly if they choose.
  • Call and talk through the case with USCCB Anti-trafficking program staff at 202 541 3357.
  • Become a SHEPHERD.

Educational Resources

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