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Father Shay Cullen: Helping vulnerable children Follow PREDA Foundation

November 18, 2016 ·  By www.cctv-america.com/

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Father Shay Cullen talks about the threat of human trafficking after a disaster.

Father Shay Cullen talks about the threat of human trafficking after a disaster.

The United Nations Children’s Fund estimates more than a million children, around the world, are subjected to human trafficking every year. It’s been called “modern-day slavery,” forcing children into labor, the sex trade or recruitment into militias. As a result of insufficient government infrastructure in developing countries and the so-called “invisible nature” of these terrible crimes, the actual number may be even far greater.

Father Shay Cullen has dedicated his career to saving the lives and futures of these exploited children. In 1974, the Irish priest started the Philippines-based PREDA Foundation, a non-profit organization advocating for human rights and protection for vulnerable children.

Like other nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines has its issues with child trafficking. But after the 2013 typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda, hit the Philippines, displacing millions, women and children were especially vulnerable to exploitation.

From Manila, Shay Cullen joins May Lee in our Los Angeles studio to discuss the threat of human trafficking in the aftermath of natural disasters.

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