Catholic students work to end scourge of human trafficking

.- Student’s at Ohio’s Franciscan University of Steubenville who had lobbied the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women last March, are joining a growing world community in raising their voices against the scourge of human trafficking.

On October 27th, a student group sponsored a talk by Dr. Laura Lederer, senior advisor on human trafficking to the US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, who told a standing-room only crowd that, worldwide, at least "600,000 victims of modern-day slavery are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation."

"This”, she added, “is a conservative figure."

Last spring break, Lederer said, “we teamed up—the State Department and the group of [Franciscan University] students Professor Brian Scarnecchia brought to the UN—to pass a resolution on trafficking that everyone had said was doomed to fail."

Particularly in underdeveloped countries, she said that sales of child sex, exploitation of migrant workers and children being forced to be soldiers, are rampant offenses against human dignity which need to be fought.

She also noted that in the United States, specifically, human trafficking usually involves sexual slavery.

"Young women and children”, she said, numbering an estimated 14,000 in the U.S., “are lured into sex-trafficking rings with the promise of a valid job, more money, and a better life."

She told the group that "The US was one of the first countries in the world to pass an anti-trafficking law…We passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which can be used as a model around the world for other countries."

Citing the State Department’s official position, Lederer told the students that, “Prostitution is inherently harmful for men, women, and children…Because it's intrinsically harmful, we are opposed to legalizing it and considering it a legitimate form of work."

As she concluded, Lederer encouragingly pointed out that the students "are joining a growing number of communities who are coming together to learn about human trafficking, to raise public awareness, and to stop this modern-day form of slavery."

The presentation was sponsored by the Franciscan University Student Association and the campus’s ‘Solidarity’ group, which focuses on social justice issues.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 25, 2014

Friday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Mark, the Evangelist »


Homily of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: