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vigil of prayer for the end of Human Trafficking

Posted on 7th February, 2022

Josephine Bakhita

We all know St. Josephine Bakhita now. Her feast day is Tuesday 8th February.

Do we know, however, that she is the patron saint of all women, children and men who are still taken into captivity today and forced to work in slave-like conditions, against their will?


“In October 2019 the nation was shocked when 39 people were found dead in the back of a trailer in West Thurrock. The truth is that people are being trafficked into our country every day – seduced by criminal gangs who ruthlessly exploit their dreams and bind them over to slave labour. We can all play our part in fighting this menace. It is all around us: in car washes, nail bars, restaurants, brothels, cannabis farms, and people’s homes. (…) We should all be vigilant, report any suspicion we may have; and we can always wash our own cars.” … “Modern slavery is an abhorrent crime, often hitting the most vulnerable in our society; immigrants, women, children, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and mental health issues, those struggling the most to get a job.”  

Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock


Anti-slavery vigil at St. Anne’s Parish, Overbury Street

This Tuesday at 7pm

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