Human trafficking is “a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilised”, Pope Francis has said.
Refugees, displaced and state-less people are particularly vulnerable to “the plague of human trafficking, which increasingly involves children subjected to the worst forms of exploitation and even recruitment into armed conflicts,” the Pope said on May 24.
With many victims of trafficking forced into prostitution, Pope Francis said that “exploiters and clients at every level must make a serious examination of conscience before themselves and before God.”
“In a world that talks so much about rights, how many times are human rights trampled,” he asked. “In a world that talks so much about rights, the only thing that seems to have them is money. Dear brothers and sisters, we live in a world where money rules. We live in a world, in a culture, where money worship reigns.”
Source: Catholic Herald