Religious leaders in Malaysia signed a declaration against human trafficking on July 30.

KUALA LUMPUR – Ten leaders of different religions in Malaysia signed an Inter-Faith Joint Declaration against Human Trafficking, in an event hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

The faith leaders on July 30 jointly declared that “every girl, boy, woman and man is a free person, and all exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. That people are trafficked and exploited physically, economically, sexually and psychologically for the profit, benefit and pleasure of others goes against the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity”.

The historic joint declaration, held on the United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, is an initiative spearheaded by Kuala Lumpur archdiocese in collaboration with the Conference of Religious Major Superiors Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei.

Said Archbishop Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur: “People of faith must play their part in the fight against human trafficking, and I ask everyone to consider what each of us can do. It may be something as simple as talking about the issue with our friends, or learning how to spot a possible victim of human trafficking.”

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