26 November 2008
Human trafficking is a terrible scourge. It degrades its victims and holds that a persons worth is not measured by their inherent dignity but by the money that can be made from their exploitation."
So said Australian Prime Minister Rudd in a message to the representatives of Australian Catholic Religious in Trafficking Against Humans (ACRATH) on the launch of their new website.
The website provides information about trafficking (which globally generates annual profits of an estimated $7-$10 billion dollars for traffickers), personal stories of these trapped into this modern-day form of slavery, latest news, a discussion forum and suggestions for action that concerned individuals can take up.
ACRATH is supported by Catholic Religious Australia the peak body representing all Religious Institutes and Societies of apostolic life in Australia which has nominated trafficking as an issue of special interest together with indigenous issues and multiculturalism.