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Southern African bishops denounce human trafficking

February 19, 2015

The bishops of South Africa, Botswana, and Swaziland have issued a pastoral letter denouncing human trafficking.

After quoting statements by the last three popes, the president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said that “the best defense against human trafficking is for every community to become conversant with its dynamics.”

“This can be done,” he added, “by educating ourselves as to what human trafficking is and being alert to what is happening around us; familiarizing ourselves with how traffickers operate and then reporting any suspicious cases of human trafficking to the police or church officials; checking out the genuineness of job offers, be they local or overseas; ensuring that children are registered; [and] praying together for victims of human trafficking and praying for an end to human trafficking.”


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