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The drama of human trafficking in the world: 50 million are enslaved

Feb 9, 2024

By Verónica Toller

Any day of the year more than 50 million people are enslaved in the world according to the latest estimate... Read more

Scene from “Sound of Freedom” starring Jim Caviezel.

Colombian bishop grateful ‘Sound of Freedom’ is exposing child trafficking in his country

Sep 10, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

Bishop Miguel González pointed out that the business of trafficking in minors “involves our country and demonstrates social and family... Read more

Actor Jim Caviezel; Tim Ballard, whom Caviezel portrays in the movie “Sound of Freedom”; and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy answer questions at a screening of the movie on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 25, 2023.

‘Sound of Freedom’ screening on Capitol Hill sparks call to track missing children in U.S.

Jul 28, 2023

By Martin Barillas

Members of Congress recently viewed the popular anti-trafficking film, after which producer Eduardo Verástegui proposed draft legislation. Read more

Eduardo Verástegui speaks at the Vitae Summit in Vatican City on Sept. 1, 2022.

Anti-human-trafficking film ‘Sound of Freedom’ just topped ‘Indiana Jones’ at box office

Jul 6, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic filmmaker Eduardo Verastegui recently explained how and why he got involved with the film. Read more


Visa, Mastercard pause ad buys with Pornhub following controversy

Aug 5, 2022

By Edie Heipel

On Thursday, Visa and Mastercard temporarily suspended ad purchases with Pornhub and its parent company, MindGeek, after the latest court... Read more

Timothy P. Schmalz with his sculpture ‘Let the Oppressed Go Free.’

St. Josephine Bakhita sculpture shines light on reality of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The ex-slave’s feast day is celebrated on Feb. 8. Read more

Pornography producer sentenced to 20 years for sex trafficking

Jun 15, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

One of the pornographers in the production company GirlsDoPorn was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for sex... Read more

US embassy to Vatican highlights risk of ‘human trafficking crisis’ amid pandemic

Oct 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Online exploitation of victims of human trafficking has increased amid the coronavirus pandemic, experts warned at a U.S. Embassy to... Read more

Catholic safe house helps secure jail sentences for sex traffickers

Aug 25, 2020

A Catholic safe house for women in London has helped to secure jail sentences for two sex traffickers.   Read more

Archdiocese of Washington opposes local bill to legalize prostitution 

Oct 18, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., was one of many organizations that testified Thursday during a hearing on a bill to... Read more

Prostitution is an 'inherently violent' practice, say critics of decriminalization

May 31, 2019

Marijuana, mushrooms, and now prostitution: decriminalization as a legal tactic for handling previously (or currently) illicit activities is a growing... Read more

Ballot initiative could end legal brothels in one Nevada county

Sep 19, 2018

Lyon County is one of the 16 counties in Nevada that allows for legal prostitution. But this November, voters will... Read more

In an age of #MeToo, women take a ‘second look’ at the sexual revolution

Jun 1, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Fifty years after the sexual revolution promised female empowerment through casual sex “without consequences,” scholars are looking into the far-reaching... Read more

Did Planned Parenthood cover up child abuse and sex trafficking?

May 30, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the... Read more

How a nuns' home is helping girls freed from sex trafficking

Jan 11, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The numbers are staggering. Each year in the U.S. alone, some 300,000 minors are victims of sex trafficking.    Read more

Bishop lauds bill to fight human trafficking

Jul 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

An upgrade to a key anti-trafficking bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and has been praised by one U.S.... Read more

Red light district.

Senate report says online ad site hid child sex trafficking

Jan 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As a new Senate report alleges that the advertising site covered for child sex traffickers, Backpage defends its record... Read more

The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it

Jan 28, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Former sex slaves to take part in South Korea Mass with Pope

Jul 2, 2014

A group of South Korean women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II... Read more

A suspect is taken into custody by FBI agents in Jackson, Mississippi during Operation Cross Country VIII in June 2014.

Major FBI bust highlights problem of human trafficking

Jun 27, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The arrest of nearly 300 suspected pimps and rescue of 168 children in a national bust of child sex trafficking... Read more