One of the issues which the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary have tried to address in the past few years has been that of Human Trafficking. This summer I read the book: The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today and it is a sad commentary on the amount of human trafficking which has been supported in the United States in this century. There are three types of human trafficking and slavery in the US today: Sex trafficking, labor trafficking and domestic house-slave trafficking. Most of the sex trafficking is trafficking of women and children, and I have been horrified to realize that so many men, frequently wealthy, support this industry - through paying for pornographic videos of trafficked women, through "gentlemen's clubs", through massage parlors, etc. I am aware that there have been efforts to educate law enforcement personnel to recognize incidents of trafficking in our neighborhoods, and to ensure that trafficked victims are not jailed for crimes such as prostitution, or illegal entry into our country, when, in fact, they have been essentially kidnapped and forced into performing these actions.
The RSHM have had some workshops on Human trafficking and have put some information on our website: