10 de fevereiro de 2022

Today we celebrate the eighth World Day of Prayer, Reflection, and Action against Human
Trafficking with the topic “The Power of Care – Women, Economy, and Human Trafficking,”
in continuity with the previous year, when we reflected on the connection between the
economy and human trafficking. The theme of this year 2022 also focuses on the economy
with special attention on women, as they are the most affected by the violence of human trafficking. At
the same time, women have a fundamental and essential role in the process of transforming the economy
of exploitation into an economy of care. According to the United Nations Strategic Plan 2022-2025, “Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) “1
, facing a general improvement in the conditions of women globally, until the pandemic arrived, the inequalities recorded in all the most important areas of social life
remain significant: health, work, education, and politics. In compliance with the United Nations statistics on human trafficking (UNODC 2020 Global Report
on Trafficking in Persons), women and girls represent 72% of identified trafficking victims. The percentage
of women and girls increases significantly in the context of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and this
market represents 2/3 of the profits generated by exploitation2.

Without a doubt, combating this crime has become one of the most significant challenges of this
age. This is due not only to its impact as a form of modern slavery but also to its capacity for personal and
social damage that erodes the deepest part of the socializing. In its multiple forms, it constitutes one of
the most dramatic manifestations of the commodification of the other, because it disfigures the victim’s
humanity, destroying his/her freedom and dignity, his/her sexual, physical, and mental integrity.

Fonte: Scalabrine