We tend to think of slavery as a thing of the past, but history has a way of repeating itself. Today, we find that human slavery is once again a sickening reality whose pervasive violence against women continues to be one of the least recognized human rights abuses in the world.
According to Peel Regional Police, 60% of all reported human trafficking cases in Canada occur in the Greater Toronto Area. And, most of these are of women under 18 years old, trafficked for the purposes of sex.
On April 26, 2018 CNWE (Catholic Network for Women’s Equality) once again held a “Stop Human Trafficking” campaign to raise awareness for a better understanding of the issue.
The group gathered first at Holy Trinity Church for input from a representative of the Peel Regional Police, and group sharing and reflection, before proceeding to Dundas Square for a silent awareness vigil.
We condemn this forced exploitation of individuals, most of whom are young girls. We refuse to be merely bystanders in the face of this continuing oppression and violence against women that remains hidden in a culture of silence. We call all local communities and government leaders to find collaborative ways to end human trafficking close by and around the world.
by Lorie Nuñez, OLM