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Australian Catholics respond to ‘flourishing’ trades of human trafficking and slavery

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IN 2005 two Catholic religious sisters met in an Indooroopilly coffee shop concerned at the trafficking and exploitation of humans and how the trade appeared to be flourishing. The two sisters, Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary and the late Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, started planning a response by religious orders and congregations. From that first meeting in Brisbane, a vast group ... Read More »

Queensland couple told toddler Cal can stay in Australia until January

Mackalistair So-On

THE Brisbane guardians of a toddler born on Manus Island have been told he can stay in Australia until at least next January. It’s a temporary reprieve for two-year-old Mackalistair So-On, who was left by his biological mother and father in the care of Karen and Craig Wells during a trip to Brisbane last year. The couple has been fighting ... Read More »

Catholic nuns call for license protocols to weed out Gold Coast massage parlours operating as brothels

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CAMPAIGNERS against human trafficking have joined calls for Gold Coast massage parlours to be licensed to protect vulnerable young workers. Josephite Sister Margaret Ng has reacted to reports that massage parlours operating as underground brothels were recruiting overseas workers ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sr Ng said it was common worldwide for big sporting events to attract activity within ... Read More »

Religious say helping victims will entail stopping traffickers and the demand

Human trafficking protest

BRINGING the light of hope to ending human trafficking means confronting the brutal “darkness” of evil that is driving those who exploit others, said a number of women religious helping victims. Already “thousands and thousands of us are working in networks across the world to dispel this darkness, and it’s not happening, so we have to ask ourselves, ‘What do ... Read More »

As nuns face off against traffickers, priests asked to join the fight

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LEAVING their habits behind and disguised along with police in regular clothes, a small group of three or four nuns raid brothels in Kolkata, India, at night, snatching young women and girls as young as 12 from the clutches of their captors. In four years, “we have put 30 traffickers in jail”, Sr Sharmi D’Souza, a member of the Sisters ... Read More »

Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

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AS Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity”. Tens of millions of people were “in chains” because of human trafficking and forced labour, ... Read More »

First world day against human trafficking set for February

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THE first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking has been announced for February 8, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually was freed and became a Canossian nun. A November 25 press release from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers said the day was intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection ... Read More »

Pope, Anglican archbishop urge joint action to share God’s love

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ALTHOUGH they have not yet reached full unity, Roman Catholics and Anglicans continue their dialogue, come together in prayer and work side by side, including on a new project to combat human trafficking around the world. “I thank God that, as disciples sent to heal a wounded world, we stand together with perseverance and determination in opposing this grave evil,” ... Read More »

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