Caritas Vietnam: Building awareness on safe migration and human trafficking at the church Phsar Touch, Campuchia
“Human trafficking is important for every one of us to know. We all should be keeping attention to the problem as it arises and affect our lives and communities ”, Fr. Chatsirey, the parish priest of Phsar Touch in Phnom Penh“Human trafficking is important for every one of us to know. We all should be keeping attention to the problem as it arises and affect our lives and communities ”, Fr. Chatsirey, the parish priest of Phsar Touch in Phnom Penh addressed at his opening remark during the cross-border awareness raising session on safe migration and human trafficking. A cross-border event being held in a church in Cambodia was jointly organized by the anti-human trafficking and migration desk of Caritas Cambodia and Caritas Vietnam on the morning of Sunday, 26th November 2017.
As of their cross-border planning on trafficking, the session was made to build awareness by providing information focused on the prevention of unsafe migration and human trafficking to vulnerable ground, so that that they can make informed decision to migrate. The target groups are the youth and parents from the Vietnamese family’s background living in Cambodia.
Approximately, 80 people participated in the session. Happily, they expressed delight and emphasized the importance of the event. One participant said the session was useful for her and she learnt a lot from the session, especially on key points she has never thought about and discussed before. “For me, it is not new topic but it is for the first time, I participate the session at the church”, she added. Many participants stressed that they will share the knowledge from the session to their relatives and friends.
The sessions were led by Sr. Jancinta, from Caritas Vietnam and Ms. Sopheak Tek, Manager in charge of human trafficking and migration of Caritas Cambodia with the focus on pre-departure orientation, the prevention measures, and risks migration, the impact of trafficking and unsafe migration. Besides explaining and giving information, the key message focuses on highlighting the key role of every individual to understand, to engage, to prevent and combat human trafficking.
In overall, it was an informative session with questions and answer. The event was concluded with a ‘thankful note’ to the parish priests, sisters and representative from the parish council and as to all participants for their wonderful support to make the session possible. To close the session, flyers on trafficking were handed to participants and each of them blew up an orange balloon and presented the sign of “Stop Human Trafficking” and “Stop Violence”.
The awareness raising session is part of planning activities of Caritas’s Greater Mekong Sub- Region Taskforce on Trafficking, with the goal to build awareness on the danger and impact of trafficking and risks migration, targeting the potential migrants and populations with low level of education including women and children and vulnerable groups. Caritas Vietnam and Caritas Cambodia emphasized its shared commitment to continue building education awareness, believing this will benefit to the reduced of trafficking and increased safe migration.
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Vietnam is among the countries with the highest rates of trafficking in the world. The Vietnamese government is also aware of the human trafficking problem. All 64 provinces and cities experience human trafficking. Therefore, educating people to understand the tricks of traffickers and avoid falling into the situation of human trafficking is necessary and urgent. Caritas Vietnam, in conjunction with Caritas Dioceses, is sounding the alarm for the community to come together with a special awareness of the youth to help reduce instances of trafficking and exploitation.