The First International Day will be celebrated throughout the world on 8 FEBRUARY 2015 the Feast Day of Josephine Bakhita a Sudanese slave, freed, who became a Canossian nun, and was declared a Saint in 2000.
The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness of Trafficking and to encourage people to reflect on the situation of violence and injustice that affects so many people, – women, men and children – who have no voice and who do not count.
According to ILO Statistics, each year, around 2.5 million people are victims of trafficking and slavery: 60 percent are women and children. They often suffer abuse and unspeakable violence.
On the other hand, for traffickers and pimps, this is one of the most lucrative illegal activities in the world, generating a total of 32 billion dollars a year.
It is time to speak out against this criminal activity and to support the efforts of organisations and invididuals who are working to abolish it.