Human Trafficking

 

Louisiana’s number of Human Trafficking victims increased by 25% according to the Department of Children & Family Services’ recent 2016 report.

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 

Feminine products

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

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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.”