Sr Eugenia Bonetti Receives the European Citizen Award for Anti-Trafficking Work

(Vatican Radio) "Italian Consolata Sister Eugenia Bonetti, a driving force in the fight against trafficking and prostitution, was among the recipients of the European Citizen’s Prize 2013. The annual award was launched by the European Parliament in 2008 to recognise exceptional achievements by individual citizens or groups who facilitate cross-border cooperation within the EU or promote better mutual understanding between citizens and member states. It can also be awarded for day-to-day activities reflecting the values enshrined in the EU's charter of fundamental rights.

Sr Eugenia, who is chairperson of the 'Slaves No More ' non-profit organization and coordinator of the Italian religious superiors’ Counter-trafficking Office for Women and Children, began spearheading the struggle against this modern form of slavery two decades ago.

Today there are some 27 million victims of a global trafficking industry with a turnover of around 32 billion dollars a year. For the past two decades, Sr Eugenia has been on the frontline of the Catholic Church’s efforts here in Italy to combat this trade in human beings, to break the chains of this modern form of slavery and to help trafficked women regain a sense of hope and dignity in their shattered lives."

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