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CWL initiative against Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

The Catholic Women's League wants the Feast of St Maria Goretti (6th July) observed as a Day of Prayer against the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children. Maree Triffett, National Social Issues Convenor, CWLA says "It is horrifying that one million children throughout the world are victims of sexual slavery".

The CWL initiative was launched yesterday at St Mark's Primary School in Drummoyne, NSW by Barbara Holborow, a retired Children's Court magistrate.

To publicise the initiative the League is distributing a Prayer Card that has been designed by the children from St Mark's Primary School. The reverse side of the card features this prayer written by Hannah, aged 11:

Dear Lord
I know I pray to you each day
for things that are selfish and greedy
but today I want to ask you
to watch over the children most needy.
I know some people use them
in ways not meant to be
Please, Dear Lord, protect them,
from their pain, set them free.
I want to pray for the kids out there,
who are ragged and homeless and poor,
that their shelter and clothing is good,
and that they suffer no more. Amen,
St Maria Goretti pray for us and for suffering children everywhere.

The media release from CWL to launch the initiative quotes Kathleen Maltzahn of Project Respect saying: "At any one time there are probably a thousand women in Australia working as sex slaves".

Also in the news today: Fifteen countries have been named by the United States for not making any significant efforts to stop human trafficking, which it describes as a form of modern-day slavery. For details see the BBC story below.


13 Jun 2003