NAGA City, Cam. Sur, Oct. 23, 2014—In line with the Church’s mission of raising awareness on human trafficking, a Catholic prelate invites community justice, peace and human rights network partners, especially youth ministries, to an “Orientation on Human Trafficking” on Oct. 27, Monday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m at OZ AVR, Adamson University, Manila.
“Through this activity, we wish to widen the awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking and involve more youth in helping to prevent and become ready to involve themselves in fighting the violation to human dignity in their schools and neighborhood,” said Cáceres Archbishop Rolando Tría Tirona, national director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA).
According to Tirona, human trafficking is a modern form of slavery which forces victims into prostitution, involuntary servitude, unpaid labor, debt bondage, the illicit sale and harvesting of organs, and pornography.
“Most vulnerable are women and children, and those who are poor, ignorant and desperate enough to take risk to feed their families. As such, our Holy Father, Pope Francis has put it in the global spotlight,” the prelate laments.
Quoting Pope Francis, Tirona shared, “Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity, a disgrace to our society which calls itself civilized.”
The Global Slavery Index of 2013 reveals between 140,000 and 160,000 Filipinos have been reduced to slavery, while 60,000 to 100,000 children are sexually exploited. (Raymond A. Sebastián)