Total number of reported human trafficking victims - 447
Half of the victims were minors
Almost 25% of the reports came from Orleans Parish
We are continuting to assist a local safe house, the Free Indeed Home, where girls ages 12-17 who have been sex trafficked can come for healing & restoration.
If you or your group would like to participate in the collection of much-needed items, please email the Respect Life Office to facilitation this (no drop-offs can be accepted).
The following items are needed…
Cash or gift cards for grocery/big box stores
Canned vegetables, flour, sugar, corn meal, seasoning, cooking oil, pasta, rice, cereals, canned meats, boxed cake mix, pudding
Paper towel, toilet paper, paper napkins
Comet Cleanser, Clorox Clean-up, dish detergent, disinfectant spray, multi-surface cleaner, baking soda, floor wax for hardwood floors, laundry detergent
Board games, puzzles, craft items
Copy paper (Cheapest kind), pens /pencils/crayons/color pencils/markers/ dry eraser markers, loose leaf paper, notebooks, binders, printer ink : HP 950 and 951, batteries (all sizes, primarily AA and AAA)
Do you suspect someone is being trafficked? Read potential warning signs here…
888-3737-888 --- A 24/7 toll-free hotline for anyone who needs help or knows someone who needs help, or to report a potential human trafficking situation.
Efforts to fight Human Trafficking are underway here in New Orleans… Follow the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force on Twitter… @GNOHTTF... & find them on Facebook
Public Information & Education
- National Human Trafficking Hotline -- 888-3737-888
- Polaris Project
- Shared Hope International
- Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking
- Trafficking Hope Louisiana
- Meeting idea
- Bulletin insert idea
- Handouts (click links to order/download)
- Speakers' topics
- Covenant House New Orleans
- SpeakHope in the greater New Orleans area
- Free Indeed Home -- a home at an undisclosed location in the Greater New Orleans area dedicated to the rehabilitation of minor female victims of sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation
- Baptist Friendship House — assistance to women who are survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation
- To help local service providers with specific needs, email the Respect Life Office for details.
Prayer & Worship
- for a victim of human trafficking
- Praying the Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking (USCCB)
Church Teaching on Human Trafficking
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“2414 The seventh commandment forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason - selfish or ideological, commercial, or totalitarian - lead to the enslavement of human beings, to their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity. It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive value or to a source of profit. St. Paul directed a Christian master to treat his Christian slave "no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, . . . both in the flesh and in the Lord."
From the USCCB’s Information Sheet:
“Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the fundamental rights and dignity of the human person. The United Nations Protocol on Human Trafficking defines it as the recruitment, transportation, harboring or receipt of persons by means of force, fraud or coercion.
Human trafficking will never be truly defeated without eliminating the consumerism that feeds it and prosecuting those actors in receiving countries, including our own, that benefit because of the exploitation of vulnerable human beings....
Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person. All efforts must be expended to end it. In the end, we must work together—Church, state, and community—to eliminate the root causes and markets that permit traffickers to flourish; to make whole the survivors of this crime; and to ensure that, one day soon, trafficking in human persons vanishes from the face of the earth.”