U.S., Asian Nations Step Up Human Trafficking Fight

President Obama and leaders of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed a new declaration Thursday to combat modern-day human slavery throughout the region. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas, File)
President Obama and leaders of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed a new declaration Thursday to combat modern-day human slavery throughout the region. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas, File)

The U.S. and several Asian countries are boosting their efforts to fight human trafficking and the exploitation of immigrants and refugees.

President Obama and leaders of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed a new declaration Thursday to combat modern-day human slavery throughout the region.

Obama said the leaders at the summit have “laid out a common vision for the region,” namely “an open, dynamic, economically competitive Asia Pacific that respects human rights and upholds a rule-based order.”

To support the effort, Obama announced that the U.S., through its Agency of International Development, would launch a five-year plan of action to fight human trafficking in the region that includes strengthening cross-border collaboration between “source, transit and destination countries.”

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International Conference On Human Trafficking Within And From Africa

One Human Family, One Voice, No Human Trafficking

Caritas is committed to fighting against the sale and trafficking of men, women and children into slavery as beggars, prostitutes and forced labourers.

Sixty million people were either refugees or forcibly displaced in 2015. In Africa thousands of adults and children are being forced to flee conflict, poverty and persecution and are particularly susceptible to traffickers.

Driven by a desperate need to survive and desire to build a better life, they are particularly vulnerable to both sexual and labour exploitation.

Skit about child rights and child protection
Students at the Karima Primary School Peace club in Kenya participating in a skit about child rights and child protection. Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

Caritas is part of the COATNET network —Christian Organisations Against Trafficking in Human Beings—which works across borders to raise awareness about trafficking and to assist victims.  COATNET fights the root causes of trafficking, such as poverty and lack of opportunity, while pressing for laws to protect victims, punish perpetrators and secure decent working conditions.

Caritas Internationalis (within the framework of its network against trafficking COATNET) and the Pontifical Council of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People, are co-organising an international conference, hosted by Caritas Nigeria. from September 5 -7 in Abuja, Nigeria to raise awareness, give hope and combat human trafficking in Africa.

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US Should Increase Efforts to Combat Trafficking of Syrian Refugees – Senators

US Senate member said that US Secretary of State Kerry should increase efforts to fight human trafficking among the Syrian refugee population.

US Secretary of State Kerry should increase efforts to fight human trafficking among the Syrian refugee population, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Chris Murphy and nine other senators said in a letter on Thursday, Sputnik reports.

“We encourage you and the State Department to continue to do everything possible to combat human trafficking,” the letter stated. “This reprehensible criminal industry has exploited millions of men, women, and children across the world, and it is our duty as a beacon of freedom to protect the dignity of the most vulnerable populations.”

The senators’ letter emphasized the importance of continuing collaboration with the governments of Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon affected by the migration of refugees from Syria and Iraq.

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