Fight against temporary work

The Catholic Church wants to take stronger action against human trafficking and labor exploitation. This also includes the fight against temporary work, explained the chairman of the Commission for the Universal Church of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Ludwig Schick.

The church itself, he said, must do everything it can to ensure that there are no "precarious working conditions" in its sector. As the owner of many properties, it is important that all orders and employment contracts fully comply with the legal system, Schick said in Wurzburg on Wednesday.

In addition, people must be sensitized to pay attention to where the goods were produced when shopping, said the Archbishop of Bamberg. Another point was a consistent approach against forced prostitution. To this end, the church wants to use its opportunities for proclamation and public relations work, Schick announced.

The occasion was the conclusion of a three-day conference on "human trafficking" attended by Catholic world church leaders in Germany. Church leaders criticized the federal government. The 2011 EU anti-trafficking directive has still not been transposed into national law, as it should have been by April 2013, he said. This must now happen "immediately and completely," the final declaration states.

Prositution law to be reviewed

In addition, a "critical review based on reality" of the 2001 prostitution law is necessary. Criminal organizations exploited the liberal design of the law, said Ludwig Kuhn as representative of the diocesan leaders on the topic of the world church. In addition to regular funding to cover the costs of specialized counseling centers, safe housing for victims of human trafficking and a regulation on the right to stay are also necessary.

The director of the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center, Najla Chahda, praised the work of church aid organizations from Germany in supporting migrant workers. missio Aachen supports shelters and legal advice for women who are recruited as domestic helpers from the Philippines. There would be about 300 of them.000 in Lebanon. They are often not paid or sexually abused. If their employers fired them, they would be threatened with legal prosecution. Caritas, however, has succeeded in getting the authorities to ensure that investigations against these women do not take place without legal assistance.

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