12/10/17 – Merchandising in Human Flesh – Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.” – Polaris Project


Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, is a past president of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (2002-2010) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (2009-2011).  Having served on the White House Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2012-2013), she offers an informed view of the work of civil and ecclesial efforts to end this criminal activity today.  She is the convener and leader of the La Crosse Task Force to End Modern Slavery which serves as a grass roots effort to raise awareness about modern slavery (human trafficking) in our local region and the ways in which it mirrors the global experience.