Trafficking is a crime against humanity and an insult to our human dignity. We are all persons created in God’s image never to be reduced to “objects” that can be sold or traded as commodities. As a faith community we pray for victims of trafficking and continue to provide education and awareness workshops in parishes throughout the Archdiocese.
Now that Bill C-36, “The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” is law, our main task is ensuring that governments on all three levels are implementing the law appropriately and consistently. The road ahead will be paved with more education and opportunities for action to encourage the implementation of the new law.
This law is a good first step. It will be reviewed in 5 years to prove its effectiveness. Canadians need to be prepared to voice their opinions and be educated about the pros and cons. Now is our time to act – we can make real progress and change in these next few years.
We continue to encourage you to write to your MP to express any concerns you may have regarding the issue of trafficking of humans. Remember, every letter a politician receives is treated as if it represents the views of hundreds of other people. Your single letter wields great political influence.
For more information on the Archdiocese’s Anti Human Trafficking Initiatives, please click on any of the following links below.