Human Trafficking


“He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor.   From extortion and violence he frees them, for precious is their blood in his sight.” – Psalm 72:13-14

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of
society …” – Pope Francis


Human trafficking occurs within almost every country and across most international borders.  Today, 30 million1 people are bound in forced labor.  The root cause of trafficking is poverty.  Two and one-half billion people in the human family, attempting to exist on two dollars per day or less, are lured into trafficking or bound into indentured servitude that continues for generations, as a means of survival.  In Southern California, victims of human trafficking can be enslaved in the garment industry, as housekeepers, care givers for the elderly or prostitutes. Today, human trafficking victims are getting younger, with many children and teenagers domestically trafficked through illicit social media contacts.   Human trafficking demeans the dignity of the human person, fractures families and exploits workers.  To counteract this global problem, supporting education, especially for girls excluded from educational opportunities and purchasing fair trade products to provide a living wage diminishes the lure of trafficking.  Locally, in our communities, awareness and education about the signs of trafficking and supporting organizations addressing the issue will help free those enslaved and protect potential victims, especially youth, from becoming ensnared. (Catholic Relief Services)

In order to stop Human Trafficking, we need to understand it and know what actions to take. This is not merely a “foreign problem.” According to the California Attorney general, a Trafficker can make over $500,000 a year making this the fastest growing crime in the state.




  • Prayer
    • Prayers of the Faithful (here)
    • Solidarity Prayer Walk for an End to Human Trafficking (here)
    • Lead a gathering or prayer on your own
    • Pray the Stations of The Cross for victims of human trafficking (EngSpan)
  • Host Information Sessions to educate parishioners on ways to recognize human trafficking
    • Host a dynamic speaker on human trafficking in your parish
    • Organize an adoption information forum in your parish, as the majority of victims of human trafficking are from foster care
    • Contact the Diaconate Office to help organize
      an End the Demand presentation at your parish
    • Organize a human trafficking movie screening at your parish and host a panel after the movie (Become a Shepherd ideas)
  • Host a parish fundraiser or a second collection where all funds will be donated to local organization that fights against human trafficking
  • Gather a group of parishioners and put up information flyers around your community. These information flyers should include the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
  • Ethical Trade Awareness
    • Be and ethical consumer and employer- Ethical
    • Offer ethical trade coffee at donut sales or other parish events, and have a sign that explains ethical trade: the impact, ways to support and ways to donate
    • For Easter and Halloween sell ethical trade chocolate after Sunday Masses
  • Reach out to neighboring schools and invite staff members to your Human Trafficking Information Sessions and discuss ways you can collaborate
    • Reach out to local school so that its staff is trained on this issue
  • Report trafficking if you suspect it: National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Prayer to Sr. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering. Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and
his Church.
O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity. Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us. Amen.



OC Human
Trafficking Task Force

National Human Trafficking Hotline
Orangewood Foundation
Sisters of St. Joseph of OC
Archdiocese of Los Angeles- Human Trafficking
USCCB – Anti-Human Trafficking
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
 #EndSlavery– Vatican Anti-Trafficking Site
Catholic Health Association of the U.S.
A21 Campaign
Blue Campaign
ECPAT-USA International Justice Mission (IJM)
Live 2 Free
Men As Peacemakers- Don’t Buy It Project
Refuge for Women
Run to Rescue
Shared Hope International
Through God’s

Unete a la Solucion


Greg Walgenbach, Director | 714-282-3058[email protected]