“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ.” ~ Pope Francis
In January 2019, the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees (M+R) Section released a new document: “Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking,” highlighting the harsh realities of modern-day slavery that include forced labor, sex trade, marketing of human organs and other crimes against humanity. It is the product of a long evaluation process following two global consultations and a youth synod with bishops’ conferences, Catholic organizations, religious communities, experts and even the survivors themselves.
The document voices hope by offering a practical framework to plan, establish and evaluate a range of actions to effectively end human trafficking.
“The ultimate goal is to dismantle and eradicate this most evil and sinful enterprise of deception, entrapment, domination and exploitation.”
To read the full document, click here:
For more information or to get involved, visit the Vatican’s website on Trafficking & Slavery.