Feb. 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian sister and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a saint in 2000.

On Feb. 8, Catholics around the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.

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Read more recent coverage about human trafficking and the efforts of women religious to bring an end to today’s slavery, as well as what you can do, on Global Sisters Report.

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