12 November 2007


At their first international conference on human trafficking, Catholic Sisters from 26 countries and all continents gathered in Rome last month and issued a Statement to the World on the issue of trafficking in persons – a modern day form of slavery.

The statement identifies various forms of trafficking, expresses support for and solidarity with the victims, usually women and children, calls on traffickers and those who create the demand for trafficked people to cease their exploitation, calls on governments to create and implement policies and strong legislation to combat trafficking, urges religious leaders to end religious practices and customs that discriminate against women and girls and to denounce all forms of injustice and violence perpetrated against victims of trafficking, and finally appeals to all people of good will to open their hearts to victims and to address the underlying causes of this evil - poverty, gender inequality, discrimination, greed and corruption.

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