Two children are seen at a rescue station after their were rescued by police on Feb. 13, 2011, in Guiyang, Guizhou province of China. More than 9,300 kidnapped children in China have been rescued since April 2009 since a nationwide campaign was launched to crack down on human trafficking. In less than three weeks, a Chinese microblog called 'Street Photos to Rescue Child Beggars' attracted 175,000 followers and posted more than 2,500 images of begging children online for parents to identify. But agencies such as one run by the U.S. bishops conference might not be able to help such children if they lose goverment grants due to restrictions on religious liberty.
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WASHINGTON — The federal government’s decision to end funding for a Church program for trafficking victims has fueled concerns that “abortion politics” are at work.
“There seems to be a new unwritten reg at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s the ‘ABC Rule’: anybody but Catholics,” asserted Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which established an ambitious range of services for trafficking victims in 2006.
The HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement and the American Civil Liberties Union have stressed that trafficking victims need access to the full range of “family planning” services, which the USCCB program won’t...READ MORE