EWTN.TV | UN Blog – Human trafficking in sports with Michel Veuthey

08/11/2022

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Christian Peschken (EWTN.TV) talks to Prof. Michel Veuthey, Deputy Representative of the Order of Malta to the UN Geneva and Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Human Beings.

In a short online video clip which can be seen on YouTube, on the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons which is celebrated every year on July 30 by the UN, the young soccer player Taavi from the African Victoria Dynamites Footbal Club said:
“Modern slavery? Not in our game and human trafficking not in our game.”
However, he was not just speaking against human trafficking in general, but against human trafficking in sports.
The occurrence of human trafficking and smuggling at sporting events has caused great concern in Africa, as criminal gangs use sporting events as a cover for their activities, luring boys and girls to different countries with the promise of a better life.
But human trafficking in sports does not only occur in Africa. This threat exists worldwide. Challenges in combating it include strong organized criminal gang networks, including online, and often a lack of real political will.
Someone who has worked tirelessly for many years to combat the threat of human trafficking and smuggling, including in sports, is Prof. Michel Veuthey of the Malters Order at the UN in Geneva. We spoke with him about human trafficking, which Pope Francis called “an open wound in the body of Christ, in the body of all humanity.”

Michel Veuthey was appointed Deputy Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to the UN in Geneva in 2011, and in July 2017 was additionally appointed Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta for Monitoring and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

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