The IDPHT was first celebrated on the 8 February 2015 at the desire of Pope Francis, who in 2014, requested the International Union of Superiors and of Superiors General (UISG / USG) to promote this day.
The Secretary of State, responding to requests made by religious, who had been working for years combatting human trafficking, gave approval to organizations to mark Anti-Trafficking Day on 8 February each year. This coincides with Saint Josephine Bakhita Day.
In addition to the proposed prayer and reflection on this day, we are invited to also focus in the coming year on one specific aspect of the vast and complex world of human trafficking – the trafficking of young and adolescent girls and boys with the theme: They are Children! Not Slaves!
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