EU Anti-Trafficking Day

 

Prayer Service for European Day Against Human Trafficking.

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Image courtesy of www.fra.europa.eu.


The annual EU Anti-Trafficking awareness day will be marked in Europe on October 18.

According to the International Centre for Migrant Policy Development (ICMPD), policymakers and the general public reflect upon the response to trafficking in human beings in Europe, the day offers an opportunity for 'policymakers and the general public reflect upon the response to trafficking in human beings in Europe'.

Pope Francis has regulary spoken out against the 'scourge' of human trafficking during his papacy which he calls the 'modern-day slavery'. 

Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT)* noted that 'between 2012 and 2016, there were 311 victims detected by or reported to the Gardaí'.

Ahead of the October 18 awareness day, the Immigrant Council of Ireland released a report which included testimony from victims of trafficking in Ireland. It went on to call for a 'much swifter process of formal identification of trafficking victims, including those in the asylum process, and more compassionate, gender-specific accommodation'.

Today we are invited to pray for the women, men, girls and boys who have been trafficked into, out of and across Europe. A special prayer service booklet has been compiled for use by all (see links below).

 

*APT is a faith-based group of people in Ireland who lobby for more effective legislation to prevent the trafficking of persons to Ireland, and for better conditions of recovery for victims of trafficking. APT has active links to groups at European and global level. The OLA Sisters are members of the APT movement.

 

- Links

  • Click here to download the prayer service.
  • Click here to visit the Facebook page of Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT). 
  • Click here to visit the APT website.
  • Click here to visit the Immigrant Council of Ireland website.