MECPATHS Anti-Trafficking Training

When Catherine McAuley was a young woman living in the Callaghan household in Coolock, she encountered a servant girl who came to her desperate for help. This girl worked for a local family, a male member of which was intimidating her with sexual advances. She felt frightened and helpless, worried that she wouldn’t be able to keep him at […]

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Promised a Job but Tricked and Imprisoned

A young woman call Mpoetsi and her cousin and two other friends from a rural area were offered good work as waitresses in her local big city. “We came to the city in high spirits,” she said. But when they arrived they discovered that they were not going to be waitresses at all; instead they were expected to prostitute […]

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Swedish Green Party MEP Defends Nordic Model

Linnéa Engström, who is a Swedish member of the European Parliament, puts forward a strong case for the wider adoption of what is called the “Nordic Model” as the most effective way of combatting human trafficking. This approach was adopted in Sweden nearly twenty years ago. What it involves is that those who purchase sexual services are criminalized, rather than […]

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A Collaborative Project to Fight Trafficking

The reality and complexity of human trafficking was outlined to a gathering of 850 members of the leadership of women’s religious congregations, at their meeting in Rome on 10 May. The speaker was Sister Gabriella Bottani, an Italian Comboni Missionary Sister. Gabriella is the head of the project *Talitha Kum* which is an inter-congregational project, born under the aegis of […]

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