AMERICA/ARGENTINA - The crime of human trafficking is not in isolation or under quarantine: half a million people involved

Saturday, 25 July 2020 human trafficking   coronavirus   local churches  

Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) - World Day against Trafficking in Persons, called by the United Nations (UN), is celebrated on 30 July so that civil society and States work together against this crime against humanity, as the Pope Francis' Magisterium defines it. In view of this annual appointment, on Monday 27 July the “No to trafficking” team of the National Justice and Peace Commission has promoted a virtual meeting on trafficking and human trafficking, with specialists from social, religious organizations, representatives of the judicial, executive and legislative powers.
According to the note released by the Argentine Episcopal Conference, sent to Fides, this crime involves about half a million people in the Latin American country, including victims of trafficking for work and sexual trafficking. During the meeting on Monday 27, it will be possible to listen to the representatives of the different sectors from 6 to 8 pm.
The “No to Trafficking” team was born in 2013 to convene the various institutions involved in the fight against trafficking and the exploitation of people, in order to join efforts and work on coordinated actions by sharing a common program on this serious problem. In order to raise awareness and make the crime of trafficking and smuggling more visible, events are organized every year in relation to World Day against Trafficking in Persons, proposing a motto focused on a specific aspect of this criminal practice. To register for the virtual meeting on Monday 27, send an email to:
"We are in the current situation of an emergency, with many people without work and without food - writes the Episcopal Commission of Migrants and Itinerant People in the message for the day of 30 July -. However, the evil and corruption of gender-based violence, drug use, people living on the streets and the most vulnerable migrants does not stop. They are not isolated or under quarantine. Not even the crime of human trafficking. It is even worse. We run the risk of it increasing. These realities call us to action, not to despair and indifference. If it is in our power to do something, we must do it. At least pray and promote awareness of one's family or community so that these realities include all of us and, as Pope Francis repeatedly and tirelessly says, 'Nobody saves himself, herself alone'. " (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 25/7/2020)