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Religious Women Link up to Fight Human Trafficking

 

TAGAYTAY CITY, PHILIPPINES by N.J. Viehland

A formidable multi-billion-dollar human-trafficking industry has driven Catholic religious women to collaborate among themselves and with other sectors of society to stop what Pope Francis has called “the most extensive form of slavery of the 21st century.”
Since International Union of Superiors General (UISG) established Talitha Kum (“Little girl, arise”) in 2009*, the anti-trafficking network of women religious, has developed a program of activities banking on partnerships established by the UISG central office in Rome as well as a network of local anti-trafficking teams.
Talitha Kum has also linked up with government, professional, faith-based and other organizations, said Sr. Estrella Castalone, its coordinator, at a recent Asia-Oceania conference of women religious in Tagaytay City, south of Manila.
In her presentation ahead of Thursday’s International Day against Trafficking, Castalone said, “My dearest sisters … We know that this slavery has a feminine face. It behooves us, women religious, to join hands and put a stop to it. Talitha Kum takes this commitment and we enjoin you to support us, individually or as a congregation.”
For Castalone of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, partnership is a “significant component” of Talitha Kum’s approach. Without this, it is impossible to combat the intricate web of syndicated operations she illustrated in her slideshow.
As religious, “we can only move and be involved within the parameters of our consecrated life,” Castalone pointed out to the more than 65 nuns and members of partner groups who joined the Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious (AMOR XVI) in November.
Besides, victims of human trafficking often undergo a harrowing experience that requires a “long and difficult process of healing and recovery … needing interdisciplinary case management approach,” she said.
Partnering with government and private bodies also serves the need for job placement and alternative livelihood options for victims.
“We realize that as religious, we cannot be involved so much in the prosecution process,” Castalone said.
She acknowledged the help with funding provided by Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters and the continuous training and support from International Organization for Migration.
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Women held in domestic slavery for 30 years

 

Three women have been “rescued” from a south London house as police investigate claims they were held as slaves for about 30 years.

Last month officers were contacted by Freedom Charity after it received a call from a woman saying she had been held against her will for decades.
A Malaysian woman, 69, an Irish woman, 57, and a British woman, 30, were rescued from the house on 25 October.
A 67-year-old man and woman were held in Lambeth and bailed until January.
Read more on BBC News: Women ‘held as slaves for 30 years’

Dangers of Internet Relationships – trafficking victims

 

Internet datingTraffickers are increasingly looking on the internet to find their next victims. So many people are now turning to the internet as a way to find friendship, love and work that the traffickers are tapping into these recruitment methods to try and get many young people to become their next victim.
Beware of all types of predators on the internet. Any offer of love, work or friendship must be treated with a great deal of mistrust until you have fully researched :
– who the person is you are talking with online
– who else has things to say about them on the internet that can prove they are trustworthy
NEVER go to meet your new contacts you have met online alone – always take an adult with you to help determine how genuine they are.
NEVER go to meet your new contacts you have met online without telling someone else about the meeting including who you are meeting, where you are meeting and any other background information you know about this person.

Dangers of Internet Relationships – trafficking victims

 

Internet relationshipsTraffickers are increasingly looking on the internet to find their next victims. So many people are now turning to the internet as a way to find friendship, love and work that the traffickers are tapping into these recruitment methods to try and get many young people to become their next victim.
Beware of all types of predators on the internet. Any offer of love, work or friendship must be treated with a great deal of mistrust until you have fully researched :
– who the person is you are talking with online
– who else has things to say about them on the internet that can prove they are trustworthy
NEVER go to meet your new contacts you have met online alone – always take an adult with you to help determine how genuine they are.
NEVER go to meet your new contacts you have met online without telling someone else about the meeting including who you are meeting, where you are meeting and any other background information you know about this person.
 

Beware of offers of well paid jobs in other countries

 

Beware of offers of well-paid jobs in other countries.
There is a good chance the job may well turn you into a trafficking victim.
Very often a person you trust will introduce you to the traffickers. This could be a relative, a family friend, or someone you know from school or college.