Freetown, 31 July, 2023 / 8:52 pm (ACI Africa).
On the occasion of the annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, members of the U.S—based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, have highlighted initiatives helping to prevent trafficking and support to victims across the globe, including Africa.
The missionaries who operate in more than 130 countries are working both to prevent human trafficking and to care for victims who are living on the streets and seeking a second chance in life.
“Salesian missionaries around the globe provide programs and services to help youth lead healthier and productive lives, combat trafficking, and ensure youth are safe,” the interim Director of Salesian Missions, Fr. Timothy Ploch says in the July 30 report.
He adds, “Salesian missionaries in many countries educate youth about the dangers associated with migration, which can put them at risk of trafficking and those who might wish them harm.”
“One of the primary ways we support youth is understanding the needs of the local market and providing training programs that help youth find work in their own communities in employment sectors that are looking for skilled labor,” he says.