Washington D.C., Feb 8, 2018 / 15:07 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Today, February 8, has been designated as the International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. It is also the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who is the patron of trafficking victims.
Today is the International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking, coinciding with the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron of #humantrafficking victims.— US Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) February 8, 2018
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St. Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869 in Sudan. Around 1877, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery by Arab slave traders. During her time as a slave, she was beaten, tortured, and scarred. Eventually, in 1883, she was sold to the Italian Vice Consul, Callisto Legani, who took her with him back to Italy. While in Italy, she was given to a family and became their nanny, and that family eventually left her with the Canossian Sisters in Venice when they traveled to Sudan for business.