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BVM Stance on Human Trafficking

The Sisters of Charity, BVM, in accordance with our mission and core values of freedom, education, charity and justice, oppose the trafficking of human persons for any purpose whatsoever.

We stand in solidarity with all who work to eliminate this tragic evil. We pledge ourselves as a congregation to these actions:

  • Through prayer and study, we will educate ourselves and others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequences of human trafficking.
  • Through collaboration with others, we will work for changes in society on both the state and federal level by supporting anti-trafficking legislation that protects the rights of all human beings and helps to provide resources for their healing as survivors of trafficking.
  • We will participate in highlighting issues related to trafficking and all forms of sexual and labor exploitation, especially prior to political, cultural, and athletic events.

BVM Senate, Summer 2014


Human Trafficking Background:
Trafficking of human persons is the buying and selling of people for any purpose, including sex, prostitution, forced marriages, servitude and forced labor. Trafficking is exploitation and a violation of human rights and human dignity and is intrinsically evil. The practice of human trafficking exists worldwide. It is violent, inhumane, and incompatible with the values of the Gospel. More than 20 million persons, a conservative estimate, are victims of human trafficking worldwide. The profits exceed $150 billion a year. (2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. Department of State). As of this date, educated estimates are that between 17,500 and 18,500 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked each year into the United States. The U.S. has one of the largest demands for this criminal activity. Each year in the United States an estimated 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of falling victim to sex trafficking. Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders.

This form of modern day slavery has been opposed by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Union of International Superiors General, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and numerous other social service, not-for-profit, religious, educational and civic entities.