The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will host a prayer service at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, to focus on the international issue of human trafficking.
Prayers will be offered in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The prayer time is open to people of all faith traditions.
The Sisters of Providence are uniting with 10 other communities of Catholic women in Indiana and Michigan to work with state and local officials to reduce the amount of trafficking that tends to increase during major events such as the National Football League's Super Bowl. The 2012 Super Bowl will take place in Indianapolis, Feb. 5.
"The Super Bowl provides an opportunity to join with a large number of others to offer education about the horrors of human trafficking, which certainly does exist in our society," Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior of the Sisters of Providence, said.
"A major special event such as this raises up a lot of attention, but human trafficking has been a significant issue for us throughout our history, dating all the way back to Saint Mother Theodore Guerin's time.
"She once saw slaves being sold in New Orleans and wished she could buy them all and set them free. We will join our voices with others for this event, but we will continue to address this issue as time moves forward."
The United States State Department estimated between 14,500 and 18,000 persons, many of whom are women and children, are trafficked into the country each year. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center has reported more than 11,800 calls were made to its hotline regarding sex trafficking in 2010, including calls from Indiana.
The group, known as the Coalition for Corporate Responsibility for Indiana and Michigan (CCRIM), also is working with the Super Bowl's host committee in Indiana.
In addition, legislation recently was introduced into the Indiana General Assembly to address the issue.
For more information about the prayer service, call Sister Mary Beth Klingel at 812-535-2861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about human trafficking may be accessed at www.SistersofProvidence.org/peace-justic....