Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is imploring people to listen to the stories and voices of trafficked people to gain an understanding of what can be done to combat the injustice.
The call marks today’s United Nations-declared World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. July is also ACRATH’s major fundraising month and this year donations are well down, threatening some of the organisation’s programs.
A one-minute video has been developed by ACRATH member and former forced marriage worker Liz Payne and long-time ACRATH supporter Marilynn Ross to help communities learn more about the importance of listening to, and learning from, victim-survivors of human trafficking.
ACRATH’s executive officer Christine Carolan said Australians were often involved in human trafficking without realising it. “If you buy a product tainted by human slavery, then you are part of the injustice, perhaps unknowingly. We are asking people to hear the stories, find out more and make one change. That change might be buying slavery-free tea, coffee, chocolate, sports equipment or clothing,” Ms Carolan said.
Ms Payne urged people to view the video on the ACRATH website and to share it with others.
“The more that communities know about human trafficking and modern slavery, the more powerful we will all be in working together to eliminate this continuing scourge,” Ms Payne said.
View: Let Them Be Heard video