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PIA | Philippine Information Agency | NCR church network helps fight human trafficking

PIA | Philippine Information Agency | NCR church network helps fight human trafficking

By Jimmyley I. Guzman
Monday 28th of May 2012

MANILA, May 28 (PIA) -- The Asia-Pacific Women Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (APWRATH), a Church-based network, has set up a new network in Metro Manila to further efforts in abolishing human trafficking particularly in Southeast Asia. 

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the recent regional conference in Metro Manila commenced with a battle cry of “Asia-Pacific free of modern-day slavery” and with the network’s commitment for a stronger and broader anti-trafficking efforts. 

At least 33 women religious and laity from across Southeast Asia who participated in the conference vowed to share and maximize the resources that religious life has, in terms of prevention, protection, assistance, raising awareness, and denouncement of trafficking of persons.

Speakers during the conference also shared their insights on the human dimensions of trafficking and useful information about anti-trafficking laws and methods of intervention and prevention. 

The speakers include experts from the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines – Women and Gender Commission, the Visayan Forum, the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Coalition Against Trafficking, Talitha Kum, and Asia Against Child Trafficking (Asia ACT). 

Talita Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, is a network within the International Union of Superiors General, which originates from a project implemented in collaboration with International Organization for Migration. 

Meanwhile, the conference ended with a reminder of the importance of fighting human trafficking, as the delegates visited a shelter for young girls who have been victims of labor and sexual trafficking. (CBCP/RJB/JEG-PIA NCR) 

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