Jeanne Christensen

Mercy Sister Jeanne Christensen, RSM, is a Justice Advocate for Human Trafficking. You can contact her at

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Ending the Demand for Human Trafficking

by Jeanne Christensen 01-28-2014
Human trafficking concept, Stephen VanHorn /

Human trafficking concept, Stephen VanHorn /

Twelve year old Kathy* became caught up in a web of violence and forced participation in the commercial sex industry. She was taken from city to city and serviced many, doing what they wanted. Pregnant with her son, she found a way out or as she says, “God reached in and pulled me out of hell.” Now, many years later, she gives testimony to her story and strives to help other women “out of the business.”

My experience is with women like Kathy. By federal law, any minor exploited by prostitution or pornography is considered trafficked, and I am amazed at the courage of these survivors.

January is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Have you been made more aware or knowledgeable? Do you know that human trafficking is defined as “modern day slavery” because it controls a person through force, fraud or coercion — physical or psychological — to exploit the person for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both? Women, children, and men are all affected by this crime.