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US pushing Cuba to improve record on human trafficking, State Dept. says

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:41 am .- As the U.S. aims to re-establish full relations with Cuba, it is also pushing the country to redeem its poor track record fighting human trafficking, said a U.S. State Department official.

Pope Francis' tough words against horrors of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2015 - 10:37 am .- Pope Francis marked the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking by calling on governments to remove this “shameful wound” which has no place in “civil society.”

The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it

Jan 28, 2015 - 04:18 am .- Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.”

Consumers have a social responsibility regarding slavery, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:42 pm .- In his message for the 2015 World Day of Peace, released on Wednesday, Pope Francis has called for a global effort of fraternity rather than indifference to combat slavery and human trafficking.

Pope Francis offers a lesson from a ham and cheese sandwich

Nov 19, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- Pope Francis brought laughter to a group of young people gathered at the Vatican Nov.15 when he quoted an Argentinean comedian’s metaphor about ham and cheese sandwiches in relation to the Christian life.

Child migrant surge originates in traffickers' lies, bishop says

Aug 5, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A Central American bishop has said the recent wave of migrants to the U.S., which has included many unaccompanied minors, has been shaped in large part by “false illusions” created by organized criminals and traffickers.

US ambassador: Pope draws global attention to trafficking

Jul 1, 2014 - 05:43 am .- U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett has praised the attention Pope Francis is giving to the “scourge” of human trafficking, and spoke of collaborative initiatives aimed at its eradication.

Major FBI bust highlights problem of human trafficking

Jun 27, 2014 - 04:49 am .- The arrest of nearly 300 suspected pimps and rescue of 168 children in a national bust of child sex trafficking rings across the country has drawn attention to the problem of modern slavery.

Anti-human trafficking effort launched ahead of World Cup

May 20, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- The U.S. embassy to the Holy See has partnered with women religious in a new anti-human trafficking campaign being launched ahead of July's World Cup in Brazil.  

Pope is bringing human trafficking into public eye, ambassador says

Apr 16, 2014 - 12:35 pm .- Pope Francis is contributing to the fight against human trafficking by making the matter a frequent point of public discourse, says a U.S. ambassador who specializes in the subject.  

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Apr 10, 2014 - 10:02 am .- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims.

NY sex trafficking ring busted days before Super Bowl

Jan 31, 2014 - 03:28 pm .- Members of a sex trafficking and drug ring centered in New York City were arrested after the group advertised “party packs” of drugs and sex workers in advance of the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl prompts efforts to battle human sex trafficking

Jan 28, 2014 - 05:13 pm .- As the 2014 Super Bowl approaches, officials from government and private agencies gathered in Washington, D.C., to testify about prevention measures against the grave threat of human sex trafficking.

Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

Nov 19, 2013 - 05:23 am .- During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they face, immigration and human trafficking being the top two.

Vatican study group examines human trafficking issues

Nov 4, 2013 - 06:12 pm .- Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.

Victims of sex trafficking need Church community, group says

Oct 9, 2013 - 04:12 am .- Although largely unrecognized, sex trafficking in the U.S. is a serious problem, and its victims needs the loving support that the Catholic Church can give, says the head of a D.C.- based ministry.

Hotel chain ends porn channels over human trafficking link

Sep 5, 2013 - 05:16 pm .- Citing connections to human trafficking, a major Scandinavian hotel chain has announced that it is eliminating pornography channels from its hotel rooms.

Pope calls for anti-human trafficking meeting at Vatican

Aug 23, 2013 - 12:04 am .- At Pope Francis' request, Vatican experts will gather this upcoming November with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking.

Massive sex trafficking bust applauded by US lawmaker

Jul 30, 2013 - 05:02 pm .- A major U.S. law enforcement operation, which saved over 100 minors from prostitution rings and arrested over 150, drew praise from a congressman known for toughening laws against sex trafficking.

Lawmaker calls for concrete action to fight modern slave trade

Jun 12, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- A U.S. congressman urged the international community to train transportation employees to identify and fight human trafficking situations, as well as to establish a hotline for trafficking victims.

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