At an event organized by the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious, sisters shared experiences of helping victims and other work against human trafficking, a "profound violence to the body of humanity."
Since 2017, when the Africa Faith and Justice Network trained and mobilized Catholic sisters to tackle the menace of human trafficking, grassroots engagement has empowered local communities make change.
In Mexico City's La Merced district, the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer and helpers, wearing the blue vest of Casa Madre Antonia, walk the streets to offer a hand and encouragement to women in prostitution.
A concerted effort is needed to change the mindset of society, to promote human dignity and respect for girls and women, to break the cycle of patriarchy in families, schools, religious spaces and society.
"The risks are enormous in Ukraine because war situations make it easier for international and local gangs to find prey," says Loreto Sr. Imelda Poole, president of RENATE, which combats human trafficking in Europe.