Mercy Services wishes to increase awareness of the effects of human trafficking and loudly states that Mercy Service will not condone this practice.

Human Trafficking is also known as the modern-day-slave-trade.

Elements are:

  • The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons;
  • Control of persons by means of threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits;
  • Exploitation, which includes (at a minimum) exploiting the prostitution of others, other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or similar practices, and the removal of organs. (UNODC (2006) Trafficking in Persons Global Patterns p52)

Forms of Human Trafficking:

  • Slavery
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Sham Marriage
  • Forced Labour
  • Forced Marriage
  • Organ Trafficking
  • Labour Trafficking
  • Servile Marriage

For more Information and how you can help see the ACRATH Website.

You may also want to check out the Sisters of Mercy resources against human trafficking

Watch for signs and if you suspect contact:

Australian Federal Police on 131 237. If immediate assistance is required call 000.

ACRATH stands for the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans. ACRATH are endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia – the peak body for 190 religious orders in Australia, representing 8000 religious sisters, brothers and priests.

ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and globally.

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