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Catholic Church says: Trafficking now worse than African slavery

November 14th, 2006, 11:56 am

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Human trafficking, including women forced to become prostitutes or minors forced to do child labor, is worse now than the trade in African slaves of past centuries, a top Vatican official said on Tuesday."This trafficking in human beings has intensified, persons put into slavery because they depend on certain criminals who take possession of these human beings," said Cardinal Renato Martino, former longtime Vatican envoy to the United Nations and current head of the Holy See's office concerned with migrant and itinerant peoples."It's worse than the slavery of those whose slaves who were taken from Africa and brought to other countries," Martino told a news conference to present Pope Benedict XVI's annual message dealing with the problems of migrants.The cardinal singled out modern-day forms of slavery -- minors who are sold to do child labor or who are forced to be soldiers, as well as women forced to prostitute themselves -- and challenged countries to combat these problems."In a world which proclaims human rights left and right, let's see what it does about the rights of so many human beings which are not respected, but trampled," the cardinal said.In the papal message, Benedict noted that more women were leaving their homelands in search of a better life. "However, women who end up as victims of trafficking of human beings and of prostitution are not few," the pope said.In the last decade or so, many women in Eastern Europe have traveled to the West after being promised what appeared to be honest jobs, but upon arrival in the countries were forced to work as prostitute to pay off the cost of their trip.
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Catholic Church says: Trafficking now worse than African slavery

November 14th, 2006, 12:07 pm

So I will just drop my two cents here, and some food for thoughts:1- Who is to blame for the traffic the final consumers or the corrupt officers, criminal organizations, goverments or factories owners in the developing world? If your answer is the criminal organization then from where those criminal organizations comes from? Do they come from the western or mayoritary form the developing world?2- If a "western" company is outsourcing to a factory in Pakistan, Middle East or Latam, has the responsibility to check that child labor or other forms of explotation is not being used? Who shall be responsible for avoiding those practices, the local goverment, the local legal system or the western company? 3- If your answer to the previous question is the responsible should be also the "western company" or the "capitalism", then there is not a double morality when complaining about foreign "western interference" of local goverments?4- Regarding forced prostitution of east european women,.................. is this not a good example of the sort of hypocresy and double morality in the EU always willing to critize the US but failing to look in the mirror?
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