Human Trafficking

Running for His Country in the Olympics

At 8 years old, Guor Marial escaped from a labor camp and ran for his life. Twenty years later, he will run for his country. After escaping enslavement by armed captors twice as a child, Guor moved to the United States and found a love of running. Now, less than a month after his homeland, […]

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Human Trafficking in India: Rescued from Slavery

By Steve Cunliffe “Here you work in the hot sun making barely enough money to feed your family, but if you come with me to Hyderabad you could be a babysitter in a big fancy house and make lots of money. You could buy nice new clothes and enjoy a good life in the city.” […]

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Human Trafficking in India: One Woman’s Story

By Steve Cunliffe Padmavathi, a woman in her twenties, stood in a huge, noisy railway station feeling overwhelmed and lost. With her baby son, she had left her village to come to one of India’s biggest cities, Hyderabad. As she wandered around, she was approached by a man who offered her dinner and a place […]

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Brazil Slave Labor: Hero Honored for Battling Human Trafficking

Br. Xavier Plassat , of the Pastoral Land Commission of Episcopal Conference of Brazil (a CRS partner). Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS Catholic Relief Services partner, Br. Xavier Plassat, is being honored today by the Department of State as one of seven heroes in the fight against human trafficking. Br. Xavier, a Dominican Friar, is coordinator […]

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Human Trafficking: Defining Modern Day Slavery

Sunday, January 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Voices will run at least a few posts on the topic. The first order of business is to define the issue. Future posts will refer back to this formal definition. For simplicity sake, here are the three key components that together constitute trafficking: The action of: […]

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