ACRATH launches 16-day campaign against human trafficking

Parishes and schools urged to help

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans is calling on parishes, schools, and community organisations to join in the global campaign to mark its campaign later this month, 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

ACRATH'S campaign, from November 25 to December 10, urges people to work together to stop the trafficking of girls and women, an extreme form of violence. Many face forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty.

ACRATH’s Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said: “ACRATH wants to encourage people in Australia to light a candle each day for 16 days to remember women and girls facing human trafficking in our world today. But we can’t end with lighting a candle.

“One thing we can all do is to look at the supply chains of the goods we buy in Australia. Who picked the cotton for my clothes? Who made my clothes in a sweatshop in Bangladesh? Which child in West Africa picked the cocoa beans to make my chocolate? As consumers we have such power to try and make a difference.”

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ACRATH Human trafficking 16 Days campaign

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