The evil of human trafficking is an international, national and local scourge, and a grave violation of the dignity and freedom of all its victims. And Maryland is not immune from this evil. Human trafficking includes both labor and sex trafficking, and rivals the global drug industry in its scope and profits, affecting the lives of countless victims from all over the world.
As people of faith, the grave injustice of human trafficking cries out for a response. As our bishops remind us: "The Gospel calls us to break this yoke of modern-day slavery by raising awareness about the scope of this problem and doing all that we can as Catholics to recognize, set free, embrace and empower our brothers and sisters who are victims of human trafficking."
The Conference, together with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and local partners is hosting free info sessions at parishes across the state to help raise awareness of human trafficking.