A common situation.
It’s happening more than we think, so surreptitiously that no one notices. Or cares.
The effects of Covid-19 and the resulting lockdowns has greatly affected the economy and become a catalyst for trafficking activities across the world, including Malaysia. The vulnerable are exposed to exploitation and subject to modern slavery as they search for ways to survive.
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. It doesn’t only happen across borders, but domestically as well.
8th February is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. It is also the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita, a nun from Sudan and Patron Saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. She herself was sold into slavery when she was just a child. Over the course of the next twelve years she was bought and sold three times!
We reflect on this day, and remember the many who are enslaved, exploited, abused and tortured in the name of profit for others.
Tina, is one of many being victimised and exploited today.