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Healthcare professionals can play major role in countering trafficking

“I believe prevention is needed in destination, transit and source nations. This is where healthcare has a major role to play.”

2019.03.02.

Religious sisters on the front lines of the war against human trafficking

“Any man, woman or child who has been trafficked, or could be trafficked, clearly needs our unconditional love.”

2019.03.02.

Highlighting the plight of human trafficking victims is an essential Christian duty, says Pope

Pope addresses the topic of slavery on the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking victims.

2019.02.09.

Vatican publishes resource to aid the battle against human trafficking

“Despite the formal abolition of the slave trade, the exploitation of some human beings by others has not ended and now takes place in terrible new forms on a significantly large scale.”

2019.01.21.

Queen awards MBE to Loreto nun for her anti-trafficking work

Prestigious honour recognises Sr Imelda Poole’s "outstanding service in combatting human trafficking and modern slavery".

2018.06.10.

Southhampton port Catholic chaplain on British honours list

Deacon Roger Stone receives British Empire Medal for services to seafarers.

2018.01.05.

92 victims of sex trafficking supported by Ruhama in 2016

“It is now illegal to purchase sex in this country and the penalties for organising and profiting from prostitution have been increased. More needs to be done to ensure that these laws are properly enforced.”

2017.08.29.

Anti trafficking Gift Box project hits Irish streets

The walk-in piece of public art is intended to get people’s attention. Its gift box exterior symbolises the way traffickers entice their victims with false promises.

2017.03.01.

Bill criminalising purchase of sex will protect vulnerable

“Targeting buyers means we can reduce the demand for women and children to be coerced into selling sexual services” –Turn off the Red Light.

2017.02.09.

Philippine bishops assail Duterte’s “reign of terror”

“To keep silent in the face of evil is to be an accomplice” bishops warn as death toll passes 7,000 killings in just seven months.

2017.02.07.

Ruhama calls for law to combat trafficking & prostitution

301 women were assisted by the NGO according to the 2015 Annual Report including 94 victims of sex trafficking, an increase of six over the previous year (88 in 2014).

2016.06.28.

Thousands attend OLA-SMA Knock pilgrimage

“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger and exploitation, much like our forefathers at the time of the famine."

2016.06.01.

Biblical revelation urges us to welcome the stranger

We should not view migrants just from the standpoint of their status but "as people whose dignity is to be protected and are capable of contributing to progress": Pope.

2016.01.17.

“Suffering of this scale can’t be allowed to continue”

Irish bishops take strong solidarity stance as they call for a generous response to the needs of refugees.

2015.09.08.

Inadequate support in Ireland for trafficked persons

No convictions specifically against sex or labour traffickers in 2014 international report shows.

2015.07.29.

Ruhama seeks volunteers

“Whether it be the women we meet on the street or the other volunteers and permanent staff, my life is richer from having met them all" - Ruhama volunteer.

2015.06.29.

Theologian calls for synod to discuss new encyclical

Three years would give people an opportunity to address Laudato Si’s recommendations in the local church in the first year, nationally in the second year and globally in the third year.

2015.06.21.

All Ireland campaign against prostitution

Poll finds that 88% of Irish men have never bought sex; just 8% say they have, but not regularly, with 4% not responding.

2015.04.23.

Priest to do run to raise awareness of trafficking

“In recent days the large scale loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea has once again highlighted human trafficking as a real and present problem” - Primate.

2015.04.22.

Christians are called to be people who treasure life

“I cannot celebrate the light of Christ without thinking of those students in Kenya singled out to be killed precisely because of their Christian identity" - Archbishop Martin.

2015.04.05.

Immigrant Council of Ireland appoints new CEO

Assurances will be sought from all parties and independent candidates in the general election that they will address the concerns of migrants and their families.

2015.03.02.

First ever day of prayer against human trafficking

Bishop McAreavey calls for law to criminalise the purchase of sex to be enacted quickly in the Republic of Ireland.

2015.02.09.

Human trafficking is a real problem in Ireland

Archbishop tells members of Oireachtas and Diplomatic Corps that hidden in Irish society is a serious problem of people who are the victims of trafficking.

2015.01.02.

Bishops seek protection of asylum-seekers

Statement marks International Human Rights Day with a call to protect the human rights of those living in poverty, asylum seekers and the trafficked.

2014.12.10.

Ruhama welcomes Bill criminalising buying of sex

Bill will hold sex buyers to account for their key role in fuelling organised crime and perpetrating abuse against victims of trafficking and exploitation.

2014.11.28.

Unions condemn sex workers’ exploitation

Globally trafficking for sexual exploitation puts $99 billion into the pockets of criminals each year.

2014.11.11.

Liberalising prostitution isn’t the solution

Speaking at the launch of Ruhama's annual report, Senator Bacik says criminalising the purchaser has resulted in a reduction in prostitution and trafficking in Sweden.

2014.11.06.

Northern Ireland votes to hold sex buyers to account

“Crucial” that Minister Fitzgerald implements legislation to criminalise the purchase of sexual services in the Republic: Ruhama.

2014.10.21.

Visit K&L stand at Ploughing Championship: Bishop

Diocese heeds Pope's words about being in the market place and sets out stall with packed line up of events.

2014.09.17.

Ruhama welcomes launch of Child Grooming Bill

"Grooming has been something Ireland has lacked the legislative mechanisms required to deal with up until now.”

2014.09.10.
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