Pope asks people to work together to end human trafficking
Pope Francis called for prayers to end the “shameful scourge” of human trafficking.
Highlighting today’s World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, the pope noted this year’s theme was dedicated to ending the trafficking of migrants.
“Having few possible legal channels, many migrants decide to risk other avenues, where often there awaits abuse of every kind, exploitation and slavery,” the pope said on Wednesday 7th February at the end of his weekly general audience.
Criminal organisations specialised in trafficking people take advantage of migratory flows “to hide their victims among migrants and refugees,” he added.
In an appeal, the pope invited everyone to “join forces to prevent trafficking and guarantee protection and assistance to victims.”
Picture: A 2017 archive photo showing Dutch police searching a Spanish truck at the border after nine immigrants were rescued from the freezer of the vehicle in early February 2017 in Hazeldonk, Netherlands. The truck driver was arrested as a suspect of human trafficking. (CNS photo/Marcel van Dorst – MaRicMedia, EPA).Tags: audience, general audience, human trafficking, migrants, Pope, Pope Francis, trafficking, Vatican, World Day od Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking