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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.

Congressman calls attention to human trafficking in US

May 6, 2013 - 06:03 pm .- In a recent Virginia forum, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) highlighted the largely unknown problem of human trafficking within the United States, offering suggestions for how to fight “modern day slavery.”  

In new film, pastor issues 'war cry' against human trafficking

Apr 10, 2013 - 02:05 am .- A Christian pastor hopes a new film focused on modern day slavery will act as a catalyst for action to help some 27 million people who make up the thriving market of human trafficking.

Gender language blocks bishops from supporting domestic violence bill

Mar 7, 2013 - 05:49 pm .- Leading U.S. bishops explained that despite a commitment to fight domestic violence, they could not endorse a prominent federal bill due to its inclusion of troubling gender and sexuality language.

Priest says modern slave trade rooted in abortion, contraception

Mar 3, 2013 - 04:03 pm .- Unprecedented rates of human trafficking can be traced to the rise of abortion, contraception and pornography in modern culture, says a Catholic priest who has researched the topic for nearly a decade.

Dutch leaders urged to investigate child trafficking case

Oct 7, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- Witnesses at an Oct. 4 Helsinki Commission briefing called for increased pressure on the Dutch government to look into numerous sexual abuse accusations against a high ranking government official.

Congressman questions Obama's commitment to fight human trafficking

Sep 25, 2012 - 06:02 pm .- New efforts announced by President Barack Obama to fight human trafficking have renewed criticism of his administration for preventing a highly effective Catholic group from receiving funds to aid victims.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Sep 19, 2012 - 12:09 am .- A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11.

Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

Aug 4, 2012 - 07:13 am .- A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that has plagued India's “untouchables” for centuries.

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