Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
Volunteers working with the Christian association Valoare Plus set up support groups in secondary schools to mentor teenagers in risk of being trafficked for pornography and prostitution.
Businesses like Purnaa, Made in Freedom and Roam Living are helping to change the textile industry by offering good jobs in a context dominated by exploitation.
MEPs signed a letter asking Romanian politicians to “support the organization of the referendum without delay.”
In Spanish cities, “flyers on cars offering services for 20 euros and a drink – it’s so normal most people don’t bat an eye”, says filmmaker Mikaela Bruce.
Three million citizens want to have a referendum on amending the country’s Constitution, so that it recognizes marriage solely as the lifelong union between one man and one woman.
For the first time,Transparency International has also examined the relationship between corruption levels and the degree of freedom enjoyed by media and civil society groups.
Are believers forming exclusively Romanian mono-cultural churches? Are they integrating into existing British churches? Are they joining in with multicultural churches that reflect Britain’s cultural and ethnic diversity?
As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
The Romanian Parliament has approved an initiative, supported by three million people, to constitutionally define family as based on marriage between a man and a woman.
“Criminals may start with social networking platforms and then move to phone and video chat”, says Christian expert Ioana Humelnicu. “Being judged is the biggest fear of victims.”
Sexual slavery is “still taboo in our society”, says Mikaela Bruce, director of “Pasarea” (The Bird). It tells the story of a Romanian girl trafficked into Spain for prostitution.
“Taking the streets is a step forward, that goes beyond just praying on Sundays in churches for those in authority”, says political expert Adrian Petrice.
Representatives of 11 countries met in the Czech Republic to discuss the present and future of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ioana Sandescu, Director of Prevention and Advocacy of eLiberare, answers the question.
One in three citizens think corruption is one of the biggest problems facing their country. Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain are the worst judged.
How should Christians and non-believers think about family life and the state? With Peter Saunders (CEO, CMF), Tarjei Gilje (journalist, Dagen), Paul Susman (Legal officer, European Comission), Einar C. Salvesen (Psychologist, Columbia Consulting Ltd.) and Adam Szabados (pastor, Evangelical Church Veszprém). Recorded in Wisla, Poland, during ELF 2016.
Statement confirms the “return home of all of their five children (…) We thank you all for your love, support, prayers”.
As Romanians, we have passed through many great battles against our own government, battles over state laws that were against the law of God. During our history, the Ottoman Empire wanted our children, just as other empires did.
The Bodnariu family will also see the two older boys twice a week for two hours. “The battle for the children continues”, the family's spokesman wrote in a statement.
“Parents need to step into their children’s world and start knowing and using technology… being nostalgic about the good old times simply doesn’t help”, believes expert Cosmin Cret.
“Whenever it is possible, the authorities work for minors to have good living conditions”, Minister-Counsellor in Spain says. Demonstrations arranged worldwide to support the Bodnariu family, many in Europe.
European Freedom Network gathered its partners for the third time to engage in collaborative dialogue on effective strategies in the fight against human trafficking at the Bridge Conference in Bucharest, Romania.
Police estimate that around 300 people, mainly Romanian nationals, may have been exploited.
Police arrested 7 gang members and rescued 19 enslaved women. Spain alone produces 5 million Euro in the prostitution business every day.
The church is built out of ice blocks cut from a the Balea lake. Temple is at an altitude of 2,000 metres and only reachable by cable.