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Youth leaders hit human trafficking, abuse

Youth leaders hit human trafficking, abuse

Malolos diocese youth leaders express their condemnation of human trafficking in persons and abuse, Feb. 10, 2018. RAINIER POLICARPIO

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan – In line with the celebration of the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita,
youth leaders across the diocese of Malolos gathered at the Bahay Pangarap Women’s Center in Guiguinto, Bulacan, Saturday, Feb. 10, to publicly denounce human trafficking and abuse.

Coinciding with the International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking, the event was organized by the Diocesan Commission on Youth to increase awareness among young church leaders and to collectively denounce all forms of human trafficking and abuse, especially among women and children.

Nestle Anne de Vega, DCY coordinator for human trafficking in persons, discussed the different forms of human trafficking, modern-day slavery and how it affects society.

Meanwhile, Fr. Gener Garcia, DCY chairman and Bahay Pangarap executive director, explained that the healing process of trafficked and abused children can be difficult. The physical wounds may heal, he said, but the emotional, spiritual, and psychological effects of the experience remain.

“We must continue praying for the victims,” Garcia said. “We may not be able to combat the persecutors on ourselves, but our untiring efforts to promote the awareness against modern-day slavery and other abusive acts among our women and fellow youth can go a long way.”

The program included a film showing about the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a presentation by the Bahay Pangarap children, and holy Mass.

Established by the Diocese of Malolos in 2005, Bahay Pangarap Women’s Center provides temporary shelter and rehabilitation assistance to women who fell victim to trafficking, battery, and other forms of abuse. For more information, interested parties may contact their office: (044) 760-0645 or 0917-243-2656. CBCPNews