This group, formed in 2015, aims to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the serious issue of human trafficking which exists in Australia. . Enquiries or suggestions can be directed to PATH@stjosephenfield.org.au.
Meetings are held monthly – look out in the bulletin for details of the next meeting.
Heavenly Father, I commend to you the children, women and men who have been trafficked. Hold them in your
loving embrace and give them hope.
Jesus, brother of all, and companion to all who suffer, give my trafficked brothers and sisters strength to sustain them through their trials.
Holy Spirit, work in me so that I
become an instrument of your justice and love for those whose freedom has been taken from them.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Human trafficking is defined as the physical movement of people across or within borders through coercion, threat or deception for the purpose of exploiting them when they reach their destination.
Slavery occurs when a person exercises the rights of ownership over another person.
Practices involving exploitation so serious that they are considered similar to slavery are known as slavery-like practices. These include
– servitude – forced labour – deceptive recruiting – debt bondage – forced marriage
These crimes all have different elements – they may involve exploitation in the public or the private sphere; they may occur in any industry, including the sex, agriculture, construction , hospitality, or domestic services industries; and they may or may not require the victim to be moved across a border.
What they all have in common, however, is that they involve the manipulation of complex relationship between the offender and the victim, and that they result in the serious undermining of the victim’s personal freedom and ability to make choices of for themselves. This can be through the use of physical threats or psychological coercion, because they are treated as property, or, in some cases, because they are literally bought or sold.
(excerpt from Australian Government National Action Plan to Combat People Trafficking and Slavery 2015 – 2019 )