July 30, 2017 – On UN World Day of Human Trafficking, faith leaders in Malaysia signed a joint declaration against human trafficking in Kuala Lumpur. Standing together, they declared:
Inter-Faith Joint Declaration against Human Trafficking
Inspired by our confessions of faith, we, the undersigned, stand together today in solidarity with the millions of people who have been trafficked and enslaved.
In our religions, every girl, boy, woman and man is a free person, and all exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. That people are trafficked and exploited physically, economically, sexually and psychologically for the profit, benefit and pleasure of others goes against the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity.
Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. It is a scourge that must be eradicated.
Thus, we pledge today to do everything in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to fight against human trafficking and to work for the freedom of those who have been trafficked and enslaved, that their dignity may be restored and that they may once again have reason to hope.
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December 12, 2016 – Catholic religious from six countries in Southeast Asia have made a joint declaration against human trafficking. This commitment was made as the 72 delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand concluded a meeting on “Integrity of the Human Person vis-à-vis Human Trafficking” held in Pattaya, Thailand from November 5 to 9.
They pledged to motivate and inspire their communities to fight for the freedom of all those who are trafficked and enslaved; to work with civil authorities, international and local NGOs, other faith communities and other people of good will to eradicate human trafficking; and to do all in their power to ensure that the dignity of victims of trafficking is restored, and to give them reason to hope.
Join people of faith all over the world in a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking. In Australia, Freedom Sunday is on October 18, which is also European Anti-Trafficking Day.
Encourage your parish or faith community to show your compassion for the men, women and children who have been trafficked and exploited around the world.
Pray the Freedom Prayer.
RESPONSE: God of Freedom, who leads us into life, deliver us from every evil and make us deliverers of others.
On this holy ground of worship, In this sacred place of prayer, we have heard the voice of freedom crying ‘Let my people go’. [R]
Where chains restrain God’s children, where humans trade in kin and skin, may your words pass on your promise of a land where liberty is sweet. [R]
Give us faith to face the pharaohs who line their pockets from this plague. Send us as salvation’s sponsors, willing servants; slaves to love. [R]
More information as well as resources for Freedom Sunday can be found here.
August 6, 2015 – As part of the international Year of Consecrated Life, the Catholic Religious in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei have ramped up their collaborative efforts to fight human trafficking. With the assistance of a collaborator, they created this website to spread the word about human trafficking and to make the materials they have developed available to a wider audience. The website, http://saynotohumantrafficking.info, went live on July 30, UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The Religious priests, sisters and brothers also moved from raising awareness to urging action by committing to urge Catholics in their ministries to pray a Rosary Against Human Trafficking. The special rosary prayers are based on the Sorrowful Mysteries of Christ, and can be downloaded here.
“This is part of our prophetic stance as a voice for the voiceless,” said Franciscan Friar John Wong, CRMS President. “In this Year of Consecrated Life, it is all the more important that Catholic Religious stand in solidarity with all who are suffering, and to speak out on behalf of the women, men and children who are caught up in the net of modern day slavery.”