Pope calls for greater com­mit­ment to fight hu­man traf­fick­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PERSPECTIVES -

Pope Fran­cis is urg­ing the world to show a greater com­mit­ment to fight­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing, which he called “a form of mod­ern slav­ery.”

The pope made the ap­peal dur­ing his tra­di­tional Sun­day prayer on the UN’s world day against traf­fick­ing.

Fran­cis said “ev­ery year, thou­sands of men, women and chil­dren are in­no­cent vic­tims of labour ex­ploita­tion, and sex and or­gan traf­fick­ing.”

He added that it has be­come some­thing con­sid­ered nor­mal: “This is ugly. It is cruel. It is crim­i­nal.”

He called on the world to re­new its com­mit­ment to bat­tling “this ab­hor­rent plague, a form of mod­ern slav­ery,” and to pray that traf­fick­ers “change their hearts.”

The In­ter­na­tional Labor Or­ga­ni­za­tion es­ti­mates 21 mil­lion peo­ple are vic­tims glob­ally of forced labour, in­clud­ing vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing for labour and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

AP PHOTO

Pope Fran­cis waves to faith­ful from his stu­dio win­dow over­look­ing St. Peter’s Square dur­ing the An­gelus noon prayer at the Vat­i­can Sun­day. The pon­tiff is urg­ing greater com­mit­ment against hu­man traf­fick­ing,

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