Human Trafficking and Slavery
Content on this page includes updates mostly from (though not limited to) ACRATH, which stands for Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans, endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia.
ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and globally. To find more detailed and up-to-date news, information and resources on human trafficking, visit acrath.org.au.
ACRATH member Sister Maree Marsh csb was awarded the 2015 Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award, acknowledging her work in supporting men, women and children who have been trafficked into Australia.
A ground-breaking book by Mercy Sister Angela Reed focussing on the lives of trafficked women and structural oppression of young women on which the sex trade thrives, will be launched this week. The book overturns the popular and sensationalised image of trafficking as a one-off event involving kidnapping and chains and expected to inform the anti-trafficking movement worldwide.
As Co-ordinator of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in Western Australia, Presentation Sister Lucy van Kessel pbvm knows too well the repercussions of human trafficking on people and sees her work as an essential element of her Christian life and her commitment to creating a better world.
Christine Carolan, Executive Officer of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) offers updates on ACRATH advocacy specifically on trafficking, compensation, slavery-free supply chain and forced marriages.
The book entitled "One In A Thousand Stories", Salesian Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour, was launched at the ACRATH conference last month.
From her graduate studies that required in-depth, qualitative interviews, Mercy Sister Angela Reed discovered that there is no one homogenous sex trafficking experience; it is often a part of a life journey that begins with victims' experiences as children through to being trafficked as adolescents, writes Rosie Hoban.
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, when more than 15 million men, women and children were victims of transatlantic slave trade over 400 years.