08/05/2012 12:25 pm
Facilitating resettlement in host or country of origin through Catholic Networks and NGOs
Catholic networks throughout Europe are helping the victims of trafficking reintegrate into society after the horrors of their experiences. Two speakers working in the victims' countries of origin explain the challenges involved in helping victims cope with this difficult and often painful process.
Union of Major Superiors, Italy
"Throughout the past few years, much has been achieved in giving voice, protection and hope to many voiceless women, however, more still needs to be done to break this new and invisible chain, to rescue our young girls and give them back their stolen dignity.
"This can be achieved only by joining efforts for more informed consultation and greater cooperation with government, NGOs, Caritas, religious, clergy, faith-based organisations and law enforcement in order to be more affective in eradicating this 21st century slavery, with the goal to eliminate corruption, illicit profits and the great demand from millions of “consumers” of paid sex; unfortunately, even today, the issue of ‘demand’ from consumers is very seldom addressed or highlighted."
"The stories of our trafficked children and women do not start the day they step into Western Europe and do not end when they leave your countries. Most of them are coming from remote under-developed regions in Lithuania. In some sense these children and women are nobody’s children and women."