News from Brazil

During large sporting events like the World Cup and the Olympic Games, criminal gangs and predators seeking to capitalize on the increased demand for prostitution lure poor, vulnerable girls to the arenas and hotels with the promise of lucrative “work.” To combat this scourge, Talitha Kum (Little Girl, Arise), an international network of religious orders against human trafficking, has partnered with the Vatican and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See to launch a new campaign called Play for Life—Denounce Trafficking. Women religious and other advocates are using social media and public demonstrations to raise awareness about the heightened threat of child prostitution and forced labor; and during the month-long tournament, they will hand out leaflets at airports and other tourist spots encouraging visitors to be vigilant and report suspected exploitation to the police.

  —    America Magazine