Caritas is a mission, not a job. Nirmala Wijesinghe who runs a Caritas safe house in Beiruit is one of the many staff and volunteers around the world who illustrate this through their constant dedication and hard work.
The most vulnerable to slavery conditions are those who, due to poverty, lack of other possibilities or indebtedness, accept irregular work and fall prey to traffickers who severely exploit them and make it impossible for them to leave.
“The cheapest plane from Nairobi to London costs $565. What do you think would push us to spend thousands of dollars and risk our lives to get there?” A migrant's question at the Global Forum for Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden.
In a message to the Gobal Forum on Migration and Development, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said, "Migrants and refugees are not a problem to be solved. They are brothers and sisters with hopes, dreams and talents."
Through a combination of awareness-raising programmes, radio outreach and training, Caritas Nepal is working to prevent human trafficking, unsafe migration and violence against women along some of Nepal's border areas.
Almost 21 million people are the victims of trafficking. The vast majority are from Asia and are women. Christian organisations supported by Caritas Internationalis are working together to combat trafficking.