Human Trafficking

By Heather Arkwright – Migration Intern
October 14, 2011

Heather Arkwright

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) has been very active in working to stop human trafficking all over the world.  The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) established the United States’ efforts and leadership to stop this multi-billion dollar industry and ensure that the horrific practice of sexual exploitation and forced labor is completely eliminated from this country.  TVPA is set to expire on September 30th, but a new bill was introduced, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVRPA) of 2011, that would allow the United States to continue to put pressure on countries across the globe to combat modern-day slavery.

Given recent concerns about the role human trafficking could play in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, which were highlighted in an article from Financial News, it is even more imperative that TVRPA is passed. Columbans in Britain are joining with other faith-based organizations to call attention to preventing human trafficking at the Olympics.  Major sporting and cultural events, such as the Olympics, bring an influx of people and visitors.  These periods have been linked with increases in human trafficking, prostitution, and sexual assault.   We find it crucial, as a people of faith, to lobby Congress to support measures that would uphold the dignity and value of all people.

CCAO supports TVRPA and has an action alert asking constituents to call their Congress members and urge them to vote in support of the Reauthorization Act.  With such a volatile and precarious economic climate, more vulnerable and marginalized people are at an even greater risk for those who would exploit them.

To read our action alert, and get information on how to call your Congress members, go here: Action Alert Trafficking Victims Protection