Slavery and Human Trafficking
With more than 12 million trafficked and enslaved people worldwide, the problem is enormous. But you can help. Let's abolish slavery forever. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS
From Indian Red-Light District to Green Thumb
Girls and young women find refuge from Mumbai's brothels and embrace a new life with the support of CRS and partner Prerana.
CRS Supports Tougher Anti-Trafficking Laws in Brazil
CRS applauds Brazilian lawmakers who recently approved a constitutional amendment that strengthens the punishment for human traffickers.
Trapped in Slavery
Each year, some 10,000 Brazilians, lured by promises of lucrative jobs, fall prey to a system that chains them to debt, isolation and abuse.
Helping Survivors of India's Sex-Slave Trade
Prajwala and Catholic Relief Services team up in India to nurture and support young women who have endured the horror of sex trafficking.
The Catholic Response
Learn more about how the Catholic Church and other Catholic organizations are fighting to end slavery and human trafficking.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Response to Human Trafficking
- Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
- CRS: Human Trafficking and Public Policy
- Catholic Charities USA and Human Trafficking
- Caritas International's Work on Slavery and Human Trafficking
- Vatican Statement on Human Trafficking
- Nun in Uganda Helps Former Child Soldiers and Sex Slaves Heal
Use these expert resources to learn more about how other organizations are fighting to end slavery and human trafficking.
Facts About Slavery
- At least 12.3 million people are trafficked worldwide.
- More than 1 million children are victims of trafficking.
- People are trafficked in 161 countries, including the United States.
- Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide.
- On average, only 1 person is convicted for every 800 trafficking cases worldwide.
See the faces of people who went from slave to successful homeowner. Your support helped these families get a fresh start.