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Suor Eugenia Bonetti – Dipartimento di Stato Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes

Suor Eugenia Bonetti – Dipartimento di Stato Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes
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Sister Eugenia Bonetti works with migrants at the CARITAS Listening and Reception Center in Turin, where she first became aware of human trafficking.

As a mis­sion­ary in Kenya for 24 years, she worked in edu­ca­tion and pas­toral care. She returned to Italy in the ear­ly 1990s, and it was there that she first wit­nessed human traf­fick­ing in the form of young African girls work­ing as pros­ti­tutes in Turin. Through her work, she met one of these young women, and through her learned about the sor­did and ter­ri­fy­ing world of enslave­ment for sex­u­al pur­pos­es, or sex traf­fick­ing. In 1993 her posi­tion at the CARITAS cen­ter became specif­i­cal­ly tai­lored towards work­ing with traf­ficked women. She moved to Rome in 2000 to work with the Ital­ian Union of Major Supe­ri­ors (USMI), and to set up an anti-traf­fick­ing office there. In doing that work she con­nect­ed, net­worked, and helped over 250 peo­ple work­ing already in over 70 con­gre­ga­tions around the coun­try to pro­vide vic­tim sup­port and ser­vices. Her posi­tion is pri­mar­i­ly meant for the traf­fick­ing of women and minors, most­ly for sex trafficking.

She still main­tains the per­son­al side of this work, and meets per­son­al­ly with a group of women at least once a week. Her work con­nects the con­gre­ga­tions who are work­ing on this issue, but also pro­vides a plat­form for her to advo­cate for these women, pro­vide legal ser­vices, doc­u­men­ta­tion, repa­tri­a­tion, etc. She has also held train­ings for reli­gious per­son­nel on human traf­fick­ing and the effects it has upon a vic­tim. In 2004 she won a Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Hero Award for this work. Since 2004, she has con­tin­ued to devote her­self to this issue. They opened a shel­ter in Benin for repa­tri­at­ed vic­tims in 2007, and has worked in part­ner­ship with a Niger­ian orga­ni­za­tion to pro­vide sup­port for women who would like to return to Nige­ria. She has spo­ken at var­i­ous con­fer­ences, and events, and con­tin­ues to spread and build aware­ness about the issue of human traf­fick­ing around the world, and what reli­gious peo­ples and insti­tu­tions can do to help com­bat the traf­fick­ing of persons.

In the 2014 TIP Report, Italy was list­ed as a Tier 1 coun­try. It is a source, tran­sit, and des­ti­na­tion coun­try for traf­fick­ing, for both sex­u­al pur­pos­es and labor pur­pos­es. How­ev­er, the gov­ern­ment of Italy is vig­i­lant in attempt­ing to put an end to traf­fick­ing, and com­plies ful­ly with the min­i­mum stan­dards for the elim­i­na­tion of trafficking.

Suor Eugenia Bonetti, una vita in difesa delle donne.

Suor Euge­nia Bonet­ti lavo­ra con i migranti pres­so il Cen­tro Ascolto e Accoglien­za CARITAS a Tori­no, dove si è venu­to a conoscen­za del traf­fi­co di esseri umani.

Come mis­sion­ario in Kenya per 24 anni, ha lavo­ra­to nel cam­po del­l’istruzione e del­la pas­torale. Tornò in Italia nei pri­mi anni 1990, e fu lì che in pri­mo luo­go ha assis­ti­to traf­fi­co di esseri umani sot­to for­ma di gio­vani ragazze africane che lavo­ra­no come pros­ti­tute a Tori­no. Attra­ver­so il suo lavoro, ha incon­tra­to una di queste gio­vani donne, e attra­ver­so di lei impara­to a conoscere il mon­do sor­di­do e ter­ri­f­i­cante di riduzione in schi­av­itù a fini ses­su­ali, o il traf­fi­co ses­suale. Nel 1993 la sua posizione al cen­tro CARITAS divenne speci­fi­ca­mente ori­en­ta­to ver­so lavoro con le donne vit­time di trat­ta. Si trasferisce a Roma nel 2000 per lavo­rare con l’U­nione Ital­iana dei Supe­ri­ori Mag­giori (USMI), e di isti­tuire un uffi­cio anti-traf­fi­co di lì. Nel fare questo lavoro si è col­le­ga­ta, in rete, ed ha aiu­ta­to oltre 250 per­sone che lavo­ra­no già in oltre 70 con­gregazioni in tut­to il paese per fornire sup­por­to e servizi vit­time. La sua posizione è pen­sato prin­ci­pal­mente per il traf­fi­co di donne e minori, soprat­tut­to per il traf­fi­co sessuale.

Si mantiene anco­ra il lato per­son­ale di questo lavoro, e incon­tra per­sonal­mente con un grup­po di donne almeno una vol­ta alla set­ti­mana. Il suo lavoro si con­nette le con­gregazioni che stan­no lavo­ran­do su questo tema, ma for­nisce anche una piattafor­ma per lei a sostenere per queste donne, for­niscono servizi legali, la doc­u­men­tazione, il rim­pa­trio, ecc Ha anche tenu­to cor­si di for­mazione per il per­son­ale reli­gioso sul traf­fi­co di esseri umani e gli effet­ti che ha su di una vit­ti­ma. Nel 2004 ha vin­to un traf­fi­co di per­sone Eroe Award per questo lavoro. Dal 2004, ha con­tin­u­a­to a dedi­car­si a questo tema. Han­no aper­to un rifu­gio in Benin per le vit­time rim­pa­tri­ate nel 2007, e ha lavo­ra­to in part­ner­ship con un’or­ga­niz­zazione nige­ri­ana per fornire il sup­por­to per le donne che vor­reb­bero tornare in Nige­ria. Ha par­la­to a diverse con­feren­ze ed even­ti, e con­tin­ua a dif­fondere e costru­ire la con­sapev­olez­za sul prob­le­ma del traf­fi­co di esseri umani in tut­to il mon­do, e ciò che i popoli e le isti­tuzioni reli­giose pos­sono fare per con­tribuire a com­bat­tere il traf­fi­co di persone.

Nel­la pun­ta Rap­por­to 2014, l’I­talia è sta­to indi­ca­to come un paese Liv­el­lo 1. Si trat­ta di una fonte, di tran­si­to, e paese di des­ti­nazione per il traf­fi­co, sia per scopi ses­su­ali e le final­ità del lavoro. Tut­tavia, il gov­er­no d’I­talia è vig­ile nel ten­ta­ti­vo di porre fine al traf­fi­co, e rispet­ta pien­amente le norme min­ime per l’e­lim­i­nazione del traffico.

 

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