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Caritas officials discuss how victims become trapped in human trafficking

Catholic World News - January 24, 2014

Officials from various national Caritas organizations discussed how victims of human trafficking become trapped in lives of slavery.

Caritas is the Church’s official confederation of relief and development agencies.

Traffickers “identify local agents to speak with village women,” said Father George Sigamoney, director of Caritas Sri Lanka. “They give lump sums to the parents or husbands. They promise more money and a better future. They make them believe that they’re tourists. They take them to Thailand or Singapore and from there they’re taken to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon.”

There are an estimated 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide; most are Asian women.

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