Vatican, 29 July 2018 – On the eve of the World Day against Human Trafficking, the Pope launched a strong appeal to denounce this new form of slavery. The Holy Father still defines it as a “shameful crime”, often linked to the phenomenon of migration and calls for concrete actions by governments and civil society.
“Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow is the World Day Against Human Trafficking, sponsored by the United Nations.
This scourge enslaves many men, women, and children in order to exploit them sexually and for their labour,
to trade their organs, or to force them into begging or delinquency. Even here, in Rome.
Migration routes are yet another means for traffickers and exploiters to entrap new recruits. into trafficking.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to denounce these injustices and actively counteract this shameful crime.“