Roman Catholic nuns backed by Pope Francis raised the alarm over increased risks of human trafficking, exploitation of workers, forced prostitution and sexual tourism at the soccer World Cup in Brazil next month. The nuns, whose campaign is also backed by the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, announced an international campaign called “Play in Favour of Life – Denounce Human Trafficking,” on the risks they say will be associated with the June 12 – July 13 tournament.
The nuns will be raising awareness of the dangers of human trafficking and other crimes connected to the World Cup through their blog gritopelavida.blogspot.com.br/, their Facebook page, and other social media. Volunteers will be handing out leaflets in cities in Brazil and other Latin American countries, warning of human trafficking and how to spot it. Several demonstrations are planned.
Catholic nuns have for years been in the front line in the fight against human trafficking. They have formed the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, known as Talitha Kum (Little Girl, Arise), a phrase in Aramaic taken from the Bible. It has members in more than 30 countries.
Learn more at Philip Pullella‘s Reuters article: Nuns, backed by pope, warn of human trafficking at World Cup.