Human trafficking is modern day slavery. At least 21 million people worldwide are forced to work without pay and unable to walk away. Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable – those looking for opportunity in the US, those without families, and unsuspecting young people online.
The FBI notes that Los Angeles is one of the major hubs for human trafficking in the United States. Most are involved in domestic trafficking. In fact, 75% of trafficking victims in California were American citizens. While trafficking disproportionately affects women and girls, half of adult victims and one third of child victims are male. And while much of what we read focuses on sex trafficking, a majority of victims suffer from labor trafficking.
In other words, anyone can become a victim of human trafficking. These are our neighbors, in our schools and businesses and churches.
What can your parish do? Visit archla.org/humantrafficking for more info.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles