Our Lady of the Rosary Novena
Day Six, October 4
Today’s Topic: Human Trafficking
Intercession: May all victims and survivors of human trafficking find freedom, refuge, and healing.
Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: A 2012 report in Ohio on those under 18 who are at risk for or entrapped in sex trafficking, estimates that 1,078 youth in Ohio are trapped in the sex trafficking industry each year & about 3,000 are at risk of being trafficked (https://www.utoledo.edu/hhs/htsji/theproblem.html).
Those who are vulnerable are most at risk for being lured into situations where they are trafficked. Migrants and refugees often face increased risk factors like changes to language and culture, lack of support systems, and the burden of poverty. Young people on the margins, especially runaway and homeless youth, are targeted for sex trafficking and may subsequently be forced to have abortions. Easily tempted by the false promises of traffickers, victims often find themselves enslaved with no means of escape.
Christ came “to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives” (Is 61:1, cf. Luke 4:18). May all who are trapped in situations of slavery be released from their chains of captivity and find freedom, refuge, safety, and healing in Christ and His Church.
Acts of Reparation (choose one):
Give up sleeping on your pillow tonight. Allow this small sacrifice to remind you of the sufferings endured by those in our world who are enslaved.
St. Josephine Bakhita (https://bit.ly/1bEb8t4) who was born in Sudan and sold into slavery, has become known as the patron saint of human trafficking victims. Pray for victims and survivors of human trafficking, asking the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further: Would you know how to identify a potential trafficking situation? Learn more about human trafficking and recognizing the red flags through the USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program at http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/. Also, if you suspect human trafficking, you can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 888-373-7888.
Almost half of the reported victims of human trafficking in the U.S. in 2016 were foreign nationals. Consider bringing the Amistad Movement to your parish to help raise awareness about human trafficking among immigrant populations: http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/amistad.cfm.
Excerpted and adapted from Pray for Life, copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.