Promoting an end to Slavery in our times
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.
Good Shepherd resources
Good Shepherd Services Malaysia in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur has produced a comprehensive and rich publication containing insightful reflections for each of the 16 days of the Campaign
This booklet is designed to be a resource for awareness, prayer, reflection and action. It can be used to follow the 16 Days campaign to reflect and pray on human trafficking issues. Although it is focused on the Malaysian scenario of human trafficking, it contains insightful reflections for each day of the campaign which can be applied to any situation/country.
Click here - 16 Days of Prayer for the Nation
Click here - Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples - Compiled by Sr Clare Nolan.
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.
Pope Francis visits Good Shepherd programme in Cartagena, Colombia
Sister Blanca Nubia Lopez runs a programme Talitha Kum for girls aged 9-17 in Cartagena, Colombia. Some Good Shepherd provinces of Asia Pacific have links with the programme. Read the story published in Global Sisters Report, A project of National Catholic Reporter USA, 13 November 2017 describing the visit of Pope Francis to Talitha Kum.
Click here - Pope visits Good Shepherd programme in Colombia
Good Shepherd programmes operate in sending and receiving countries:
Good Shepherd Sisters in Australia link with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious against Trafficking in Humans).
Click here for ACRATH website - www.acrath.org.au