Trafficking and Smuggling of People Is Focus of Forum

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, NOV. 9, 2001 ( The annual Caritas Europa Forum on Migration is focusing on ways to combat the trafficking and smuggling of human beings.

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More than 90 experts on migration are attending the three-day event that began here today.

The “vast majority of the estimated half a million migrants crossing the border into Western Europe each year are either trafficked or smuggled. Women are most vulnerable to such exploitation,” a Caritas statement explains.

“Those fleeing persecution are forced into such routes and exposed to many dangers, in large part due to the inadequacy of current migration procedures,” the statement adds.

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