An Economy Without Trafficking

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On the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking, ACRATH and Talitha Kum Aotearoa New Zealand took part in a Global Online Prayer Marathon. The theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer was An Economy without Human Trafficking. This theme brings into the spotlight one of the main causes of human trafficking: the dominant economic model of our time, whose limits and contradictions are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Human trafficking is an integral part of “this economy”: victims of trafficking are treated as “commodities” falling into the mechanisms of a globalization ruled by financial speculation and competition spurred by below-cost pricing. Hence the need for a “structural and global”
perspective of human trafficking so as to dismantle those wicked mechanisms that fuel the supply and demand of “people to exploit”, because the very heart of the economy is sick.

To view the section of the Global Prayer Marathon prepared by ACRATH and Talitha Kum Aotearoa New Zealand click here.

The seven hour Prayer Marathon may be accessed here.