Churches urged to step up efforts to fight practice
Jan 27, 2004
Churches in Europe are being urged to step up efforts against trafficking in women, a problem estimated to affect hundreds of thousands of women every year. “The trafficking of so many women and children is a human rights abuse that shames us all,” said Baroness Sarah Ludford, a member of the European Parliament who spoke in Brussels about a new publication offering guidance on the topic.
The 48-page document, produced by two Brussels-based agencies, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and Catholic-run Caritas Europa, was issued last month. “Christian churches and related organizations, along with their partners from civil society, have repeatedly denounced trafficking as an unacceptable new form of slavery,” said their statement at the Belgian offices of the European Parliament.