What is the Church doing to combat human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a highly lucrative activity where criminals exploit people and inflict misery. A response to human trafficking needs to be unequivocal, determined and collaborative. Pope Francis and Cardinal Vincent Nichols are giving leadership on a global and national level. 

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facts and stats

Facts and Statistics

Human trafficking now ranks as the second most profitable worldwide criminal enterprise after the illegal arms trade. This article gives the current situatio...Read more

Church's Response

Bakhita Initiative

The Bakhita Initiative embodies the union of the Roman Catholic Church in its local, national and universal dimensions in communion with Pope Francis and exp...Read more

Church's Response


The Bakhita Initiative will be overseen by the Bakhita Foundation, which will co-ordinate all the work of the Initiative. The key stakeholders of the Bakhita...Read more

Church's Response


The Institute will focus on prevention, through the delivery of an awareness raising campaign and a customised training programme that will be rolled out at...Read more

Church's Response

Bakhita House

Caritas Bakhita House will become an essential part of the initiative. It will be a ‘triage’ centre for the emergency placement of women escaping human traff...Read more

Church's Response

Santa Marta Group

The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endors...Read more