AMERICA/BRAZIL - "How much is life worth?": Awareness campaign to combat human trafficking

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 human trafficking   episcopal conferences   caritas  

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - From 26 to 30 July, the Episcopal Commission of Special Pastoral Care for the Fight against Human Trafficking (CEPEETH) of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil (CNBB), carries out the campaign entitled "How much is life worth?" and as a subtitle "Human Trafficking is a crime". The goal is to mobilize and raise awareness among the Church of Brazil and the entire Brazilian society, to combat human trafficking, especially in the week in which the World Day against Human Trafficking is held, organized by the UN for the 30th July. The campaign also aims to draw public authorities' attention to the promotion and social inclusion of victims and the guarantee of their rights.
According to the information released by the CNBB, sent to Fides, two videos, radio spots and information material on the topic of trafficking in women, children and migrants will be released in these days. On the 29th there will be a meeting with the participation of Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler and Sister Eurides Alves de Oliveira, both members of the CEPEETH, and Roberto Marinucci, of the Scalabrinian Center for Migration Studies. The meeting will be disseminated through the social networks of Caritas Brazil. On that day, the Commission asked to make a concrete gesture: light a candle and, in prayer, make a minute of silence for the victims of human trafficking. They are also asked to take a photo of the light and publish it on social networks with the hashtags: #TraficoHumanoNão and #Endhumantrafficking #CNBB. Given the seriousness of this crime, the Commission calls for firm action from public institutions, so that there is an effective fight against this evil and the punishment of the criminals who practice it. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/7/2020)