AMERICA/BRAZIL - Olympics: religious women active in the fight against human trafficking

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 human trafficking   orders   area crisis  

Rome (Agenzia Fides) – As the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro approach August 5, there is growing commitment against trafficking in persons in all its forms. Once again, the Olympics become a time of economic growth for the Country that hosts them, but it also becomes a propitious occasion for crime, for human traffickers for sexual or labor exploitation. This is why the campaign "Play for Life" aims to inform and empower citizens, the press and travel agencies on a phenomenon that can be prevented. The campaign is supported by "Talitha Kum", an international network of consecrated men and women working against trafficking in persons, and by the international Union of Superiors General.
"The campaign will be carried out by 26 network groups, present in 26 Brazilian states, and especially in Rio de Janeiro, with activities primarily on prevention, dissemination of materials produced for the campaign, but also with educational activities addressed especially to young people and adolescents, who are the main groups at risk of trafficking. It is a work done together with different Churches, not only the Catholic Church and with government organizations in charge of combatting trafficking", said Sister Gabriella Bottani, one of the coordinators of "Talitha Kum"
yesterday in presenting the campaign in Rome. The campaign was already launched in Brazil on May 31 by the Brazilian Network of Religious Against Trafficking and has chosen to repeat the same slogan used during the 2014 football World Cup (see Fides 26/03/2014). The “Play for Life” campaign during the football tournament “contributed to a 42 percent increase in the number of complaints of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and of situations of human trafficking. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 22/06/2016)