Images on anti-human trafficking brochures distributed by the Conference of Religious Major Superiors of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei.

The Religious of the region are distributing brochures on human trafficking to raise awareness of this growing problem.

A set of five information brochures have been prepared and will be given out in Religious-run parishes in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei on Oct 30, World Day of Migrants, and on each Sunday of Advent.

The Conference of Religious Major Superiors of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei (CRMS) had announced this Anti-Human Trafficking Project at the regional bishops’ conference in July.

Human trafficking “is the fastest growing crime in the world and as Catholics we need to do something to fight it, says CRMS. “Pope John Paul II called it a shocking offence against human dignity.”

According to project coordinator Franciscan Friar John Wong, the overview brochure, Slavery in the 21st Century, will be distributed on Oct 30. The other four brochures – Labour Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, and Trafficking for Organ Removal, will be distributed during the Sundays of Advent in that order.

The brochures “were written to provide people, in their mid-teens and above, with basic information on human trafficking, our position on the issue as Catholics and how we can help victims”, said Friar Wong.

In Singapore, the brochures will be available at the Church of St Mary of the Angels, Church of St Ignatius, Blessed Sacrament Church, Church of Sts Peter and Paul and Novena Church.

The Religious will also distribute the brochures in all their ministries in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, including schools.

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