In 2001 our XVIII General Chapter established priorities for the Salvatorian Mission for the period, 2001 to 2006. One of these was a commitment, in many ways and on many levels, to work on behalf of women and children who have been or are at risk of being sexually abused, exploited, and/or trafficked. In 2006, the XIX General Chapter reinforced this option, as well as many others, in order to be in solidarity with those most at risk of becoming victims of a lucrative multi-national business of human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harbouring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labour or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of subjecting that person to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”(Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act – TVPA 2000).
Some of our Units took initiatives through networking with other Religious Congregations or Organizations to promote education and awareness and to take actions to protect or deliver persons from this situation of trafficking.
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