Human trafficking and forced labor have been issues that have come into the international conscience in recent years. This issue came light during the case of Jared Fogle, which proved that young children are just a text message away for sexual deviants all over the world. It would seem like this would be a priority for many world organizations, but the forced labor market still thrives with as many as 36 million people being trafficked in a $150 billion dollar industry. One group has stepped up to the challenge: a group of nuns.
This group of nuns is known as Talitha Kum, and they are 1,100 sisters deep. Talitha Kum reportedly operates in 80 countries around the world, but the faction is looking to expand to 140. These sisters pose as prostitutes, ditching their plain, unassuming garb for the clothes of street walkers, so that they can infiltrate brothels as workers. When integrated into the brothels, the sisters use the monies that they’ve raised to buy woman forced into prostitution and children sold on the black market by their parents, and take them to a network of homes set up in Africa, Brazil, the Philippines and India.
“These sisters do not trust anyone. They do not trust governments, they do not trust corporations, and they don’t trust the local police. In some cases they cannot trust male clergy,” explained John Studzinski, an investment banker who acts as a vice chairman of U.S. investment bank The Blackstone Group and as Talitha Kum’s chairman. “They work in brothels. No one knows they are there.”
The nuns prefer to stay low-key and focus on their mission instead of promoting. They are solely focused on liberating women and children forced into slavery. ScoopWhoop detailed the plights of two female sex slaves. One went for a without eating, forced to eat her own feces, after failing to meet her 12 client quota for the day. Another was forced to have sex with 10 men at the same time. Hopefully the sisters of Talitha Kum will be able to grow and successfully rescue more people, and more similar groups will rise up and take their lead.
Read up on Talitha Kum and see how you can help at their official website.