Sunday, November 17, 2013

Profiteering traffickers and pedophiles on the orphaned children of Typhoon Haiyan

Manila (Agenzia Fides) - They are already called "orphans of Yolanda" (the name of the Philippine Typhoon Haiyan, ed). There are thousands of children who have become orphans after the storm that struck the province of Leyte. And they are the most vulnerable victims, as they find themselves alone, wandering through the rubble, looking for someone to take care of them.

"These children are the main victims of jackals who seize them for child abuse or human trafficking. It is a horrible prospect, but it is extremely realistic in the case of natural disasters. These children are in need of immediate attention, to be saved from the clutches of traffickers and pedophiles": this is the complaint launched to Fides Agency by Fr. Shay Cullen, SSC, a missionary from San Colombano, who has been living in the Philippines since 1969, known for his social and pastoral commitment, especially for child victims of sexual exploitation. The missionary explains the phenomenon to Fides: "Under the pretext of saving or taking care of children, traffickers kidnap them and sell them to pedophiles. Or they earn large sums of money by providing the children for illegal adoptions. Even worse, they introduce them into the world of prostitution, making them slaves of sexual exploitation".  (more...)

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