Today, under the Global Sustainability Network, the GSN platform brings together the media, faith leaders, governments and survivors to bring us together in a network so we can collaborate and work as one big network to fight human trafficking. According to the international labour organisation human trafficking is a 50 billion dollar industry.
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is led on a day-to-day level by Bishop Sánchez Sorondo, an Argentinian prelate who is close to Pope Francis. Soon after Francis election, the Pope called on the pontifical academies to focus their efforts on preventing trafficking which has seen Bishop Sorondo convene a series of high-level summits on the topic. This week the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding a gathering of judges and prosecutors on how to prevent human trafficking and organised crime.
Rani Hong speaks at a press conference on assisting victims of human trafficking at the Holy See press office, Nov. 6, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.
Our Co-Founder was invited to be part of a press conference hosted by the Press office of the Holy See
Rani Hong was seven when she was sold into slave labor. She escaped, and now she's become a leader in trying to shut down the human trafficking industry.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Every high school campus in the state is tobacco-free and gun-free.
Olympia High School has been recognized for also being a “slave-free” campus.
Following her speech at the Vatican – about harnessing the business world to establish a certifiable global standard against using bonded labour – Hong was asked to be part of the Global Sustainability Network. An influential group of businesses, media, governments and religious leaders, the network includes, for example, the Virgin Group, UK anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland and one of the pontiff’s most senior advisers, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.
“My goal is to create massive awareness and generate consumer demand, and this is a powerful, international team of people working in the supply chain. The seal is just one of the projects and the people in the room can make it work. I want concrete steps and this group is committed to action and they are following through, which is very encouraging to me as a former victim.”
Rani Hong, a survivor of child trafficking who later founded an NGO, the Tronie Foundation, to fight for fellow victims; she urged the papacy to harness the business world in the anti-slavery battle. She wants to establish a global standard or "freedom seal" by which firms and other organisations can certify that no slave or bonded labour has been involved in their supply chain.
Our CEO Rani Hong delivered the keynote speech, stating "That’s why the Freedom Seal is process. By pledging your intent today, we become partners in that process. We educate. Guide. Provide resources and assistance. And work together toward our shared goal. This is the mark of a movement. A commitment to a world of change. It’s testament to the power of focused and dedicated action that gets bigger, and gains momentum, with each individual and each business."