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Combating the scourge of human trafficking

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ ( & Director, CREDI

“…Human trafficking and slavery radically strips a person of … fundamental dignity, reducing them to the status of a commodity. It is an evil crying out to heaven. That there are over 20 million people callously held in modern slavery in our world today is a mark of deep shame on the face of our human family that no words alone can remove.” (Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, UK, June 29, 2017)

Today, July 30, is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. The UN states: “Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights… it exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes…The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of such victims in the world.

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