Dominicans Take Stance against Human Trafficking
SINSINAWA, Wis.--Nearly 20,000 people, mostly women and children,
are trafficked into the United States each year according to U.S.
government estimates. Worldwide, the number increases to nearly
1 million. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters call for an end to this
violent, inhumane practice of the buying and selling of people
for any purpose, including sex, prostitution, forced marriage,
servitude, and forced labor. The Sisters have taken a corporate
stance opposing human trafficking.
"We hope our stance will encourage others to join in efforts
to combat trafficking," said Prioress Patricia Mulcahey, OP. "It
is incompatible with the values of the Gospel. In accordance with
our commitment to building a holy and just society, we oppose it
and stand in solidarity with all who work to eliminate this tragic
Through this corporate stance, the Sinsinawa Dominicans pledge
to educate themselves regarding the magnitude, causes and consequences
of human trafficking through prayer and study; educate others about
this terrible abuse through preaching and teaching; and work for
change in society by supporting anti-trafficking legislation.
"Girls between ages 13 and 18 constitute the largest group
within the sex industry," said Sister Reg McKillip, OP, Sinsinawa
Dominican Promoter of Peace and Justice. "With the fear of
HIV/AIDS, customers soliciting sex have driven traffickers to seek
out younger victims, thinking they are too young to have been infected.
"The victims of trafficking pay a horrible price. Death of
course is the highest cost. Victims are subject to gross human
rights violations including rape, torture, beatings, starvation,
dehumanization and threats of murdering family members," said
Thirty-four states have enacted laws making trafficking a felony