Anti Trafficking


Good Shepherd Anti trafficking event in Taiwan, 2017 Good Shepherd Anti Trafficking event in Taiwan, 2017

Promoting an end to Slavery in our times

The Challenge

Human Trafficking comprises the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.  It is based on the recruitment, harbouring, and transportation of people solely for the purpose of exploitation. Human trafficking debases the human person. Good Shepherd understands it as a serious injustice rooted in the dynamics of our global world and current global economy. Structures and systems which increase extreme poverty of vulnerable people, support patriarchal hierarchies, and give priority to economic profit above the value of the human person render untold women and children vulnerable to being trafficked for labour and for sexual exploitation. In concert with many forms of gender discrimination and global gender-based violence, the trafficking of women and girls is a violation of their dignity and human rights. It challenges Good Shepherd's determination to respond.

Human trafficking is prevalent in the Asia Pacific region, with people in some countries being sent to work in other countries in the region.  


Interactive Survey Results 

The Anti-trafficking Working Group (ATWG) of UISG (International Union of Religious Congregations) has posted an interactive information center to share the activities of Religious Congregations which combat trafficking.  In 2016 a survey was conducted through UISG regarding the experience in Congregations related to education, advocacy, prevention, protection and networking.

Click here - Interactive Survey PPT slides


The Good Shepherd Vision

Good Shepherd believes that the new generation can build a world without slavery:

  • A world where everyone is treated equally

  • A world where those who coerce or deceive people into forced labour or steal other people’s freedoms are brought to justice

  • A world where everyone is included in the development

  • A world where everyone can walk free and

  • A world where each person’s rights are upheld.


The Solidarity

Good Shepherd expresses solidarity with those who have suffered from this injustice. We listen to their experiences and develop holistic programs to serve their needs. We increase our capacity to understand the dynamics of trafficking so as to support women and girls in healing as well as toward self-empowerment through social supports, personal growth opportunities, and employable skills leading to secure income.

Good Shepherd stands with all people of good will who condemn the phenomenon of trafficking in human persons, and work to eradicate it.


Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples - Compiled by Sr Clare Nolan.


The Programmes

Good Shepherd programmes operate in sending and receiving countries:

  • India

  • Nepal

  • Macau

  • Taiwan

  • South Korea

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Indonesia

  • Thailand

  • Japan