Our Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking
We, the Sisters of Notre Dame of the Chardon Province, respecting the inherent dignity of each person, corporately stand in support of human rights by explicitly opposing the trafficking of women, children, and men for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. We will make every effort to assist victims of trafficking and to end human trafficking in our world.
We collaborate with a group of concerned people in northern Ohio who are working together to advocate for the prevention and abolition of human trafficking. We do this by networking with local and national organizations, researching and learning more about the complexities involved in this issue, and promoting legislation against human trafficking. We also sponsor educational events, speakers and resource personnel, and house a resource center.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims of human trafficking are young children, teenagers, women, and men. Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders worldwide, and between 14,500 and 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State.
Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. After drug dealing, trafficking in humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing.
Many victims are forced to work in the prostitution or the sex entertainment industry. Trafficking also occurs in forms of labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, restaurant work, janitorial work, sweatshop factory work, the fishing industry, and migrant agricultural work.