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Migrant workers caught up in Bundaberg fire vulnerable to human trafficking

A FIRE that destroyed a Bundaberg pub and backpacker hostel recently sparked Catholics against human trafficking into action. When news of the fire broke, a member of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) was quick to respond by visiting the Queensland regional town and offering support. No lives were lost but many of those who survived the fire ... Read More »

John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm

THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the eradication of slavery globally. Mr McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012 to ... Read More »

Archdiocese stepping up to help eradicate slavery

MODERN slavery is, in the words of Pope Francis “an open wound on … contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”  Phil Colley is a new face in co-ordinating the frontline fight to eradicate modern-day slavery. Brisbane archdiocese’s governance, risk and compliance officer, Mr Colley, has the important task of leading local ... Read More »

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

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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

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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 »

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