AMERICA/ARGENTINA - No to the crime of trafficking in Ukraine and in the world: war particularly exposes women and children

Monday, 21 March 2022 wars   human trafficking   local churches  

Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) - "We pray for the victims of this conflict and urge peace. We also urge governmental and multi-governmental agencies throughout the region to take extreme measures to prevent and protect trafficking and exploitation of people". This is the appeal launched by the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina and the No-Trafficking team, in the document "No to the crime of trafficking in Ukraine and in the world". The text, sent to Fides, recalls that the war in Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian crisis that worries the leaders of that region and the world. "The United Nations estimates that around 6.5 million people have been displaced and around 3.3 million have fled to other countries, mainly to neighboring countries. Non-governmental organizations have warned about the situations of lack of protection and impoverishment suffered by refugees in host countries. We know that refugees are vulnerable to the recruitment strategies of human trafficking networks. But, in addition, war exposes women and children in particular to extreme physical and sexual violence". NGOs such as Action Aid and Caritas have reported recruitment attempts by trafficking networks on Poland's border with Ukraine. Even on the Ukrainian side, traffickers offer "free" transport, work and accommodation to displaced people in Western European countries. Finally, the document points out that long before the conflict, Ukraine was already a place of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking. In addition, the country is known for its legislation allowing "surrogacy motherhood" and is considered a market for irregular adoptions. and is believed to be a market for irregular adoptions. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 21/3/2022)