The fifth conference of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to the drama of human trafficking was held in Mexico City from 8-12 April. As the world body's president Maria Giovanna Ruggieri explained, the objective of the regional conference was to raise awareness of the issue both among the ecclesial communities and the civil community. The speeches dealt with this terrible scourge from different angles: the definition to be given to the phenomenon of “trafficking” was discussed, identifying the social and cultural roots that combine to bring it about, the protagonists and the ways in which traffickers’ networks operate was analysed; the responsibilities of governments in fighting to overcome it was focused on. At the centre of the discussion there was also the relationship between trafficking and migration, as well as the analysis of the various forms of sexual, commercial and employment exploitation, in which the phenomenon articulates itself. The conference ended on Friday, April 12 with the Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, presided by the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, the Archbishop Christophe Pierre.
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