The Memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita (1868-1947) is celebrated annually on February 8. St. Bakhita, a native of Sudan, was brought as a slave to Italy, where she became a Christian and later entered the Institute of Canossian Daughters of Charity in Venice. The Memorial marks the World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Each year about 2.5 million people are victims of trafficking and slavery. For those engaged in trafficking, it has become one of the most lucrative illegal activities in the world. The annual Day of Prayer enables us to reflect on the experience of those who have suffered and to pray for and reach out to victims and survivors.