Prayer to End Human Trafficking and Slavery

St Josephine Bakhita

Each year on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking. Born in 1869 in Sudan, Josephine was 7 years old when taken by slave traders. She was bought and sold many times in the following decade. Taken to Italy by a family, who ‘owned’ her, she met the Canossian Daughters of Charity, became a Catholic and joined the Canossian congregation. She died in 1947 and was canonised in 2000.

As we celebrate this day let us reflect on the role we can play to bring about an end to human trafficking and slavery in our time. You may find the resources prepared by ACRATH, CARITAS Australia and Talitha Kum helpful. Click here.

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