News contributed by: Flavian D'Costa, PST, Chattogram
Every year, many men, women, and children are trafficked to different countries in the name of lucrative jobs and other opportunities abroad. According to various international organizations, about 700,000 people from Bangladesh are illegally crossing over to Foreign countries every year. Human trafficking is mainly blamed on our poverty, lack of work opportunities, short education, immigration policies etc.
Realizing the gravity of the problem, Pope Francis called for the observance of World Anti-Human Trafficking Day on February 8. In response to this call, the leaders of different levels and countries of the world and the leaders, churches, and organizations of different countries try to organize various awareness activities every year.
In response to this call, the migrant desk of Chattogram Archdiocese organized a special Rosary prayer and Holy Mass at Cathedral Parish on February 8, 2022. The parish priest of the Cathedral Church, Fr. Leonard C. Rebeiro, offered the mass. He said in his homily that God created men in his image. And the same man who has been entrusted with the maintenance of the whole creation is today selling and abusing another human being as a commodity. Our education and awareness can liberate us from this Situation.