By Leslie Ann Aquino
Human trafficking is a primary concern of the Roman Catholic church, according to the Vatican’s chief delegate to the United Nations.
Visiting Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, said human trafficking is a primary concern for the church because this is a form of slavery.
“There has never been as many people enslaved as there is now. There is an estimated 45 million people in the world in traffic even as we speak. Just imagine the extent of that,” he said on the last day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on Sunday.
“After Yolanda, so many fishermen lost their jobs, everyone becomes so vulnerable to whatever offer of any job they could get, many become so vulnerable to human trafficking in the fishing industry,” he said.
“If you are not aware of these things then you have to be aware,” added Archbishop Auza, a native of Talibon, Bohol.
Archbishop Auza said 71% of those trafficked are still women but the number of children being trafficked is also increasing because of the same reason, sexual explotation.
Catholic bishops continue to tackle the problem of human trafficking by teaming up with different Church agencies to fight modern slavery.
Part of the initiative will focus on broader education campaign about human trafficking and wider support for victims through spiritual and social services.
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