The 8th February is the 6th International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
While slavery has been illegal in most places for more than a hundred years, it still exists today, though generally under the radar. Humans around the world continue to be treated as objects to be bought and sold for a price. St. Bakhita was taken by slave traders when she was around seven years old and remained enslaved for many years until she was bought by an Italian.
St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering. Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and His Church. Oh St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity. Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.