Human trafficking a growing disgrace, Pope says
October 27, 2016
Pope Francis met on October 27 with members of the Santa Marta Group, an international organization that works to curb human trafficking, and saluted them for “an important contribution to combating the social scourge of human trafficking.”
The Pope observed that human trafficking has been “linked to new forms of slavery,” and according to international experts the number of victims is increasing every year. “They are the most defenseless, who are robbed of their dignity, their physical and psychological intregrity, and even their life,” the Pontiff said.
The Santa Marta Group was established by Pope Francis in 2014. Its international chairman is Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster.
- To the Santa Marta Group: victims of human trafficking increase in number year by year (Vatican press office)