Action in the Philippines

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is forming an alliance against human trafficking with the Council of Evangelical Churches and the National Council of Churches. The problem is worsening there and Manila Bishop Pabillo said “we could not just keep silent about this.” Pornography, prostitution, and the demand for forced labor are key drivers for the trafficking there. (Source:

Judy Padasas CCV tells us that this group is planning a one-day event on September 5. The “Freedom Forum” is being organized by several ecumenical organizations (including APWRATH) concerned with advocacy against human trafficking, and issues involving women and children. Representatives from each religious congregation/ diocese/ parish, and concerned organizations will be invited. It will be held at the CCF Center on Ortigas Avenue, in Pasig City. Contact [email protected] for further details.

There seems to be a dramatic rise in  global interest in human trafficking, with UNANIMA communities and women religious all over the world getting involved in advocacy against it—it’s exciting to learn that we are no longer a single small voice. The United Nations certainly is interested.