Posts Tagged ‘Trafficking’

3.3 million girls at risk of child marriage due to Covid-19

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

A new report, Wednesday, from World Vision shows the devastating impact of Covid-19 on girls in the developing world. The report, How COVID-19’s impact on hunger and education is forcing children into marriage, warns that an additional 3.3 million girls globally are at high risk of child marriage. The World Vison report reveals that the Read more

Researchers are using data science to fight sex trafficking

Monday, June 15th, 2020

When Riana H. was 15 years old, she ran away from home. This was not a one-time incident for the willful teenager, who developed a habit of disappearing after her family moved from Austin, Tex., to California in 2010. Whenever Riana clashed with her mother over her restrictive house rules or curfew, she would take Read more

If Christianity is foreign, missionaries give it a fresh face

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand ended on a missionary note. In a country where Catholics represent less than 1% of the population, Francis called on these modern missionaries in Thailand to give Christianity a fresh face. “As I prepared for this meeting, I read, with some pain, that for many people Christianity is a foreign Read more

Nun honoured during human trafficking report presentation

Monday, June 24th, 2019

An Italian nun who has spent most of her ministry working to rescue people from human trafficking from Myanmar to the United States was recognized by the United States’ Secretary of State as a “hero” for her work. Sister Gabriella Bottani was honored on Thursday, during a ceremony introducing the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Read more

Human trafficking and Sister Eugenia Bonetti

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Though it’s almost grotesque to speak about “celebrity” in the context of something so tragic as human trafficking, if there is a celebrity in the fight against modern-day forms of slavery that involve an estimated 21 million victims and $32 billion annually in illegal profits, it’s an Italian Catholic nun by the name of Sister Read more

Ways to spot human trafficking

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The CNN Freedom Project wants to amplify the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, highlight success stories and help unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. It’s vacation season for much of the world, with travelers flocking to airports to jet off for some hard-earned R&R. But it’s not just holidaymakers who fly Read more

Slavery – more profitable and more widespread than ever

Monday, August 21st, 2017

A few years ago I went to a lecture by the Right Honourable The Baroness Cox, of Queensbury. She spoke about her charitable work in many of the most dangerous areas of the world and in particular about the redeeming of slaves in Sudan. What struck me at the time was her comment that not only Read more

Sr. Dianna Ortiz, advocate for victims of human trafficking

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In 1989, while serving in Guatemala as a missionary in a Mayan community, Ursuline Sr. Dianna Ortiz was abducted and tortured by Guatemalan security forces. This trauma fuelled her passion for human rights work. Ortiz now serves as the editor of Education for Justice, a project of the Center of Concern. She also founded the Read more

The psychology of human trafficking victims

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Nearly 21 million people around the world are currently victims of human trafficking, a vile crime that forces innocents into sex work, domestic servitude and hard labor against their will. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that even rich, developed countries such as the United Kingdom suffer from staggering rates of Read more

Trafficked into slavery on a Thai fishing boat

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Three years ago, worried that his earnings as a builder were barely enough to feed his family, Seuy San began to contemplate his prospects over the border in Thailand. Like the hundreds of thousands of his fellow Cambodians who migrate in search of work each year, he had a simple but powerful motivation: “I heard Read more