- Jan 19, 2020
While many may be aware of Houston as a hub for sex trafficking, the crime may occur right in front of them in hotels near the city’s fashionable Galleria shopping mall or suburban school campuses rather than just at shady motels plagued by drugs.
On the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a Jan. 15 hearing to celebrate the act cited numerous successes — including the passage of four subsequent bills to further clamp down on trafficking — but noted work yet to do to keep both children and adults safe from others who would exploit them for sex or cheap labor.
Traffickers have increasingly targeted Pakistan’s impoverished Christian population over the past two years, paying desperate families to give their daughters and sisters, some of them teenagers, into marriage with Chinese men.
The village of Dien Thinh bid farewell Thursday to two of its sons, victims of a human trafficking tragedy unveiled last month when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in a truck in England.
Pope Francis opened his Nov. 20-23 trip to Thailand by denouncing the exploitation of women and children, urging a welcoming stance to migrants, and promising that the Catholic Church is ready to help build a just and inclusive society.
In a message to young Catholics in Vietnam, Pope Francis offered prayers for a group of Vietnamese migrants who died while being smuggled into Great Britain in late October.