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May 14, 2014
The Josephite Counter-Trafficking Project (JCTP) is a Congregational Ministry that responds to the needs of people who are trafficked.
Trafficking of persons is a human rights violation with between 700,000 and 2,000,000 persons being trafficked globally each year. Human trafficking is the second largest source of income globally, and Australia is a country of destination.
The Josephite Counter Trafficking Project has partnered with the Safe House from the beginning. This partnership provides education opportunities, material assistance, financial support and pastoral care to Safe House clients.
Jenny Stanger, National Manager of the Salvos Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery, says that "one of the unexpected benefits of the Safe House's engagement with the Sisters is in how they have helped clients build a peer support network which is of invaluable benefit".
Sister Margaret Ng (pictured right) is of Chinese Malay Background and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew, Malay and Indonesian. Sr Margaret Lergessner (pictured left) spent 40 years living in India and speaks fluent Hindi. Their language skills are really valuable tools in working with us.