28 November 2006


Today's trafficking in women and children for commercial sex work and forced labour is worse than the historic African slave trade, said Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in a recent statement to mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

The Cardinal challenged countries to combat modern-day forms of slavery - minors who are sold to do child labour or who are forced to be soldiers as well as women forced to prostitute themselves.

A recent report from the U.S. State Department estimated that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, 80 per cent of them women, and more than half under 16.

In Australia the Good Shepherd Social Justice Network provides a a central access point for information on the global problem of trafficking in persons which includes information about the issue, current news and suggestions for action that can support the elimination of trafficking.

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