A group of religious sisters dress up as prostitutes, go into brothels, and rescue the victims of human trafficking by buying them and setting them free.
Yup, believe it.
The army of nuns is part of Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. It consists of 1,100 sisters operating in 80 countries, but according to John Studzinski, an investment banker and philanthropist who chairs the network, it might expand to 60 more countries since the demand for efforts to combat trafficking and slavery is rising.
Of course we don't really know where these undercover nuns operate. That's what makes their mission work. "They work in brothels," Studzinski carefully reveals. "No one knows they are there. 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."
Talitha Kum, which is Aramaic for "arise, child," was established in 2004 and has found that around 1 percent of the world's population is trafficked. And FYI, that 1 percent is a lot of people: 73 million. Seventy percent of that 73 million are women, and 50 percent are minors.
Studzinski says he's "not trying to be sensational" with the figures. He's "trying to underscore the fact this is a world that has lost innocence...where dark forces are active." And that's why these sisters take such lengths to rescue trafficking victims. Sneaking into that world of human trafficking is already risky business, and imagine having to give up looking modest, something religious sisters are wont to uphold, while you're at it.
The sisters of Talitha Kum also raise money to buy children being sold into slavery by their own parents, and set these children up in safe, comfortable homes around the world.
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