“Freedom is possible – if only we would try …”
Spiritual reflection for day against human trafficking
By Fr James McTavish, Verbum Dei missionaries, Manila
There is a well-known film called “Braveheart.” It is set in Scotland and the main character, a warrior named William Wallace, has a famous battle cry “Freedom!” This is a desire in all human hearts, to be free. However, the reality today is that many are not free. We have more people now in slavery than ever before in human history. This is the reality of human trafficking, which is a form of “modern slavery.” Are you aware of the number of persons estimated to be trafficked each year? It is estimated that 36 million people were trafficked in 2016. Human trafficking is now a 32 billion dollar industry, running third behind arms and drug trafficking. Fifty-one percent of the victims are women, 21 percent are men, 20 percent girls and 8 percent boys.” (Source: see Archbishop Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Address to “The Holy See and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” Inaugural Lecture of the Casamarca Foundation Chair in Migration and Globalization at Fordham University, Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library, Fordham University, Bronx, February 23., 2017).