The U.S. government estimates that every year, thousands of human traffic cases are reported—and that many more go unnoticed.

human trafficking vigil On one Sunday each month, you will find Sisters of Providence united with others in a prayer vigil in downtown Seattle to raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking.

The U.S. government estimates that every year, thousands of human traffic cases are reported—and that many more go unnoticed. Although the numbers are shrouded in confusion, experts agree that human trafficking impacts many thousands of victims. And that it exerts tremendous social and economic costs.

Students protest human traffickingHuman trafficking:

  • is the exploitation of a person through force, fraud or coercion
  • includes sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude
  • is a $32 billion-a-year industry. It occurs in every state and is growing in magnitude. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 Americans under age 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year.

The Sisters of Providence stand against human trafficking in all its forms and wherever it occurs. We hold a monthly human trafficking vigil each month in Seattle, Wash.,  and we participate in actions organized by partner organizations.