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Nuns march through Seoul against human trafficking

Religious women launch campaign to put an end to eight forms of modern slavery

Nuns march through Seoul against human trafficking

Some 50 nuns march through downtown Seoul informing people about human trafficking. (Photo by The Catholic Times of Korea)

September 22, 2017

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Religious women in Korea are campaigning against human trafficking and marched through central Seoul to raise awareness about the issue among the public.

The Talitha Kum Committee — part of the Association of Major Superiors of Religious Women — launched their campaign 'Let's make a world without human trafficking together' on Sept. 15.

As part of that, some 50 nuns of the committee marched through downtown Seoul distributing leaflets showing the seriousness human trafficking situation in Korea. They also held pickets with messages such as 'No human trafficking,' 'People cannot be sold' and 'Human trafficking is modern slavery.'

The committee is focusing on eight forms of human trafficking including migrants being used as forced labor, forced international marriage, foreign prostitutes working in clubs or massage parlors, illegal organ extraction and the trafficking of North Korean women in China.

The committee says it will campaign on a regular basis and will keep praying for human trafficking victims.

Talitha Kum is an international network of Religious women fighting against human trafficking. The International Union of Superiors-General formed the network in September 2009. Currently, some 600 Religious and lay people in 70 countries have joined the network. In South Korea, the Talitha Kum Committee was formed in November 2013.

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