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Missionary warns: Philippine typhoon orphans ripe for child trafficking

Catholic World News - November 15, 2013

Father Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary in the Philippines and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, warned that the children made orphans by Typhoon Haiyan are in danger of becoming victims of human trafficking.

As the orphaned children wander about, they become “the main victims of jackals who seize them for child abuse or human trafficking,” he told the Fides news agency. “It is a horrible prospect, but it is extremely realistic in the case of natural disasters. These children are in need of immediate attention, to be saved from the clutches of traffickers and pedophiles.”

“Under the pretext of saving or taking care of children, traffickers kidnap them and sell them to pedophiles,” he added. “Or they earn large sums of money by providing the children for illegal adoptions. Even worse, they introduce them into the world of prostitution, making them slaves of sexual exploitation.”

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