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Canadian bishops warn against human trafficking, prostitution at Vancouver Olympics

January 28, 2010

Lamenting the prospect of forced prostitution at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter on human trafficking on January 27.

“The fact is that at some major sporting events, systems are often put in place to satisfy the demand for paid sex,” the bishops noted. “Unfortunately, this is likely to be the case during the Winter Olympic Games,” which will begin on February 12.

“As pastors of the Catholic Church in Canada, we denounce human trafficking in all its forms, whether it is intended for forced labour (domestic, farm or factory work) or for sexual exploitation (whether it be prostitution, pornography, forced marriages, strip clubs, or other),” the bishops continued. “We invite the faithful to become aware of this violation of human rights and the trivialization of concerns about prostitution.”


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