New Ways Sought to Fight Human Trafficking

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 12, 2005 ( Caritas Internationalis will begin this week to map out a strategy to fight against human trafficking, decried as the modern-day version of slavery.

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Delegates from Caritas’ network of Catholic aid agencies have gathered in Rome for a two-day Anti-Trafficking Workshop aimed at broadening the 162-member confederation’s commitment to combating this form of exploitation.

The gathering will look at ways to expand the «decisive and effective actions» already begun in 2001 when Caritas Europe began COATNET — the Network of Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Women. COATNET representatives will also contribute to the workshop.

Participants at the gathering at the Caritas Internationalis headquarters will finalize a draft document outlining their proposals. The text will then be submitted to the Caritas executive committee in November for its approval.

The daft document will «identify possible strategies and instruments» that the Caritas members around the world will be able to use in a cooperative effort to address the root cause of human trafficking.

Workshop participants will include Vatican representatives and delegates from the organizations representing religious orders.

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