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Trafficking of girls and Catholic missionary networks in the South China Sea (18th-19th centuries): a transnational approach

Project description

The voice of past trafficked children

Human trafficking is a lucrative criminal activity, outpacing drugs and arms as the world’s fastest growing criminal industry. Unfortunately, it is not a new phenomenon. For centuries, human traffickers have preyed on the vulnerable, particularly children. The EU-funded UNSILENCE project will investigate the roots of child trafficking. It will study the migration of abandoned children organised by members of Catholic religious orders in the South China Sea during the 18th and 19th centuries. Its aim is to find out about these historiographically neglected children, particularly the girls. The findings will raise awareness about the importance of history in tackling current challenges such as gender equality and the protection of human rights.


Net EU contribution
€ 166 320,00
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00