Modern Day Slavery
Def: Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others; or for the extraction of organs or tissues, including surrogacy and ova removal; or for providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage. It can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. It is the trade in people, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from one place to another.
The Association of Concentrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa congregated in Lusaka – Zambia for their 16th Plenary 2014. During this period, the delegates poured through various research materials, listened to many hours of presentations and deliberated on various issues affecting the human race.
Top on these deliberations and of much concern regardless of which region one came from, HUMAN TRAFFICKING was noted as a thorn in the flesh for many countries and more so for this particular gathering as many affected persons are women.
ACWECA 16th Plenary set aside a whole day on 23rd of August 2014 to study and listen to presentations from various stakeholders on the subject.
Speaking during the Assembly on the same, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) through Mr. Chris Chisoni, called on the sisters in the ACWECA region to build a network of information through research and data collection that will tell the magnitude of the problem of human trafficking in the region.
He reiterated that a lot of people were benefiting from different continents by shipping human beings from poor countries in Africa through promising them a good life.
Mr. Chisoni urged the sisters to increase awareness of this vice and collaborate with their various governments and continental unions to strengthen the legal frameworks to eliminate human trafficking in Africa.
He called on individual congregations to help in building desiring communities that will be alert in curbing this vice.
$30 Billion Estimated International Annual Revenue from Human Trafficking
Also speaking during the conference, Sr. Pat Murray the Secretary General of Union of International Superiors General (UISG) based in Rome, said that one of their most treasured projects was Human Trafficking. She indicated that they plan to lobby the Vatican to make a Saint’s day in November also a Human Traffic Day so that more ‘Noise’ can be made about this issue and action taken.
The Secretary General of ACWECA has acknowledged that this is a very important mandate for ACWECA and has promised to knock on every door that matters to see that the Association has accomplished this mandate of the 16th Plenary and that visible stride coupled with statistics are produced
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
At the end of the Assembly, one of the ACWECA Mandates was a resolve to end this vice and ACWECA as a Regional Body (through its new leadership) was mandated to lay out programmes especially in the ACWECA countries to stem out this vice.
ACWECA DECLARATION 16TH ACWECA PLENARY 2014 LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 2(C) To Promote Capacity building for Missions by: Ending Human Trafficking
As much as the statistics on this issue are grave, many Associations part of ACWECA are doing their part through their Justice and Peace Departments. Reports reaching ACWECA is that small steps are being made and the numbers are improving to the better.
ACWECA welcomes individuals, organizations and governments to join hands with us and help in laying out strategies and programmes to stem out this vice in our society.
Let this quote inspire you to take action:
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” – Elie Wiesel
Refuse to be neutral. Educate yourself on human trafficking issues. Spread the Word.
(Article By: Marie Njuguna – Communications Dpt)