“Our times have witnessed a growth of individualism and egocentricity, attitudes that tend to regard others through a lens of cool utility, valuing them according to criteria of convenience and personal benefit”. It is essentially this tendency to commodify the other, which I have repeatedly denounced. Trafficking in persons is one of the most dramatic manifestations of this commodification. In its many forms, it constitutes “an open wound on the body of contemporary society”, a profound injury to the humanity of those who suffer it and to its perpetrators. Trafficking profoundly disfigures the humanity of the victim, offending his or her freedom and dignity. Yet at the same time, it dehumanizes those who carry it out, denying them access to “life in abundance”. Finally, trafficking seriously damages humanity as a whole, tearing apart the human family as well as the Body of Christ.Near the end of his address Pope Francis offered heartfelt thanks to all those working to end human trafficking. He knows that at times it is risky, but we have to persevere on behalf of those who are caught in the grip of human trafficking. At this point I am sure many readers are wondering, “What can I do? How can I help?” There are opportunities to volunteer or donate to organizations like Talitha Kum or Fight4Freedom that work to end human trafficking. Learn where enslaved labour is used in the supply chain of clothes, technology, and food so you can support businesses that do not participate in human trafficking. You can also read more about human trafficking to learn to read the signs of it. The women, children, and men caught in its snares definitely need God’s grace, but they also need the support of people like you and me. The best way to honour St. Josephine Bakhita’s feast day, her life, and her struggle is to work towards a society that promotes freedom, justice, and equity. Let our prayers, and our actions, work towards these ideals.