Francis: Human trafficking and slave labour are horrors

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Pope Francis has condemned human trafficking and slave labour in a message to participants in the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference which began yesterday in Geneva, reports Vatican Insider.

In his message, Francis reflects on the issues of immigration and unemployment. 'Human trafficking' and 'slave labour' are 'horrors', 'a scourge, a crime against the whole of humanity,' the Pope said.

'It is time to join forces and work together to free its victims and to eradicate this crime that affects all of us, from individual families to the worldwide community.

'It is unacceptable that, in our world, slave labour has become common coin,' Francis added.

'The sheer numbers of men and women forced to seek work away from their homelands is a cause for concern. Despite their hopes for a better future,' he continued, 'they frequently encounter mistrust and exclusion, to say nothing of experiencing tragedies and disasters.  Having made such sacrifices, these men and women often fail to find dignified work and fall victim to a certain “globalization of indifference.” Their situation exposes them to further dangers such as the horror of human trafficking, forced labour and enslavement.'

'This cannot continue!' Francis stressed outright. 'Human trafficking is a scourge, a crime against the whole of humanity.'


Francis condemns “horror” of human trafficking and slave labour (Vatican Insider)


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