Creative competitions to raise awareness on human trafficking

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MANILA, Oct. 22, 2014— To give a greater voice to the youth, and to raise awareness about human trafficking, an advocacy group has organized essay writing, poster-making and choral competitions on the topic “My Battle Against Human Trafficking”.

Through the contests dubbed “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking”, the aim of the Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking (PIMAHT), of which the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action is a member, is to provoke a new way of thinking about and tackling the issue which affects the young people themselves.

“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 Nassa national director Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona.

Youth aged 13 and or above are invited to join the easy-writing contest; and 12-18 year olds for the poster-making contest. Interested participants may send their essays to pimaht@gmail.com (with subject: Scribbles of the Soul) and/or send poster entries through carrier to CBCP-NASSA at 470 Gen. Luna Street in Intramuros, Manila on or before Nov. 15, 2014.

The poster-making contest has two orientations on human trafficking for those interested in knowing more about the issue as inspiration for the essay and poster drawing.

As the first one was held last Oct. 17, the next orientation will be on Oct. 27 at OZ AVR, Adamson University at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for those in need of a basic understanding about the issue before joining the contests.

The organizers are also inviting those near Manila to join the Culminating Choral Festival in Parañaque City on Dec. 6.

Tirona said that human trafficking is “modern-day slavery”, forcing victims into prostitution, involuntary servitude, unpaid labor, debt bondage and the illicit sale and harvesting of organs, as well as forces victims to perform sexual acts for pornography.

Global Slavery Index of 2013 reveals that 140,000-160,000 Filipinos have been reduced to slavery, and 60,000–100,000 children are sexually exploited.

Most vulnerable are women and children, and those who are poor, ignorant and desperate enough to take risk to feed their families. As such, Pope Francis, he said, has put it in the global spotlight.

“Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking” is also supported by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the official agency in charge of the issue of responding to the issue of trafficking.

Other members of the PIMAHT, formed last year as a united Church response “to protect human dignity by stopping” human trafficking, include the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).

Other questions and queries about the contests may be directed to Nassa’s program coordinators, Linda Noche or Edil Guyano at CBCP-NASSA (02)-527 4147 or email nassa.communication@gmail.com. (CBCPNews)

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