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Bringing hope to the hopeless

There is a new film now showing in Ireland titled, Black ’47. It is a story set in the year 1847 when Ireland was under British occupation and a devastating famine hit the poor of Ireland when their staple food, the potato, was attacked by a fungus and rotted in the ground. Approximately one million Irish people died of starvation and another million migrated to America and helped to build that country.
 








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Indonesian priest actively confronts human traffickers

JAKARTA (UCAN): Fighting human trafficking has become a daily routine over the past five years for Father Chrisanctus Paschalis Saturnus, from Indonesia’s Pangkal-Pinang Diocese.
 
Working in Batam— a transit hub for illegal workers in Riau Islands province, about 32 kilometres south of Singapore—makes human trafficking concerns part of the priest’s daily regimen. They are also the diocese’s main priority.
 

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Bring ‘ruthless and chilling’ campaign against human trafficking—legally

The court decision came as a total shock for the two men and a woman accused of trafficking children in Angeles City to foreign sex tourists, while it is a victory for children and Philippine justice. The judge, Bernardita Gabitan-Erum of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61, Angeles City, handed down a 20-year sentence last February 2017 to each of the three convicted and levied a million peso fine on behalf f the victims. The traffickers were greedy and cheated the exploited children, Patricia and Vilma, out of two hundred pesos. This is their story.
 

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The resurrection of Jessica

Jessica was a lost child wandering the streets of a Philippine city, picked up by a human trafficker and brought to different places where she was sold as a commodity to foreign sex tourists to be abused. 
 
She didn’t know what was happening to her at 14 years of age. She was raped, exploited and robbed of her virginity. She became angry at the world and felt she was nothing and had nothing. She felt she had no future, no present and no past life. 
 








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The pain of abuse is always with us

Child abuse in all its cruel and insidious forms is the scourge of our society. It always has been and always will be unless more good people stop plugging their ears, turning away and denying that we are surrounded by pain-filled victims and survivors. 
 








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Opposing human trafficking and modern slavery

Church and police authorities and non-government organisations (NGOs) recently came together at the Vatican under the Santa Marta Group headed by Vincent Cardinal Nichols to discuss and share their experiences and listen to each other. They discussed greater cooperation in combating the global scourge and horrific crimes of human trafficking of vulnerable people into modern slavery. Cooperation is absolutely essential to finding an efficient global response and local action to save the victims and challenge the criminals.








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Philippines struggles against human trafficking

MANILA (UCAN): Michelle thought her prayers had been answered when she finally left her home in the Philippines for Saudi Arabia last year to work as a domestic helper. She thought the employment contract she had signed was her ticket out of poverty.
 
Sadly, she was gravely mistaken. In fact, she had joined a throng of her compatriots who have become inadvertent victims of human trafficking.
 

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Monsignor charged with human trafficking

The recent arrest of a monsignor accused of trafficking a 13-year old minor who was arrested with a child in his car on the way to a motel in Marikina is highly unusual. The parish priest is being charged with a violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
 








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China takes nose dive in human trafficking report

HONG KONG (UCAN): In its Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 released on June 27, the United States of America (US) downgraded China’s ranking to Tier 3, rating it with the world’s worst human trafficking offenders alongside North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria as.
 
The report is the first public rebuke of China’s human rights record by the US since Donald Trump assumed the presidency in January.
 

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Mixed reviews for south Asian nations in trafficking report

HONG KONG (UCAN): While China fell in ranking in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 (see page 3) issued by the State Department of the United States of America (US) on June 27, south Asian nations continue to fall short in their attempts to combat human trafficking and protect victims, but are making significant efforts.
 
The report ranked Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India among 44 countries on the list of Tier 2 nations.
 

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