- Title: Ivanka Trump meets Sant'Egidio community in Rome
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** IVANKA AND SANT'EGIDIO MEMBERS EXITING BUILDING VARIOUS OF IVANKA GETTING INTO POSITION ON PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) IVANKA TRUMP SAYING: "The work you do resonates strongly not just here in Rome but throughout the world. We talked about the many different programmes that have been successfully launched and have developed over many, many years now, that have provided support and help to those who need it the most, whether it's the elderly, the poor, the disadvantaged and victims of human trafficking throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world. So it was a great privilege to be able to here and to hear first hand from these tremendous thought-leaders about the work that is being done - what has worked, what has the potential to work better and be better executed upon in the future and I am grateful for the kind invitation and I look forward to supporting your efforts going forward. I think now we are going to go and meet with some remarkable women who are testament to strength, faith, perseverance in the face of unspeakable adversity and challenge. It will be an honour to meet them and I look forward to hearing from them directly about their struggles and how they were able to rebuild their lives. So thank you all, thank you, thank you." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SANT'EGIDIO FOUNDER, ANDREA RICCARDI, SAYING: "Now the pronunciation of Sant'Egidio is perfect" (IVANKA REPLIES 'Was it better? Good') IVANKA AND SANT'EGIDIO MEMBERS RE-ENTER BUILDING
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 15:32
- Keywords: Andrea Riccardi Rome human trafficking Sant'Egidio Ivanka Trump
- Location: ROME. ITALY
- City: ROME. ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026I7713B
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- Story Text: Ivanka Trump spoke with African women who were trafficked into prostitution on Wednesday (May 24) in Rome and discussed ways to combat the phenomenon at a meeting she described as a "privilege". The meetings were organised by the Sant'Egidio Christian charity and peace group.
Trump, who is seen as an increasingly important influence in the White House, met the women while accompanying her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, on his first foreign trip.
On her way to the closed-door encounter, Trump said she was looking forward to hearing how the 11 women, originally from Nigeria and the Horn of Africa, had rebuilt their lives. The 35 year-old spoke for 45 minutes with the women, some of whom now live under protection from the Italian judiciary after reporting their traffickers to authorities.
The number of Nigerian women brought to Italy among the migrants rescued from flimsy boats launched by smugglers into the Mediterranean has increased almost eight-fold in the past three years, Sant'Egidio estimates. At least 80 percent of the almost 1,600 who arrived on Italian shores in the first three months of 2017 are destined to be forced into prostitution, the group says.
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