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Vatican summit: human trafficking a ‘crime against humanity’

June 07, 2016

Judges, prosecutors, and others who took part in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences’ summit on human trafficking and organized crime issued a statement at the conclusion of their meeting.

“We affirm that modern slavery in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking are crimes against humanity and should be recognized as such,” stated the participants. “Organized crime that aims directly or indirectly at expanding modern slavery in its above-mentioned forms must also be considered a crime against humanity.”

Participants also calls for the adoption of ten goals associated with the elimination of modern-day slavery, including the compensation of victims with funds gained from assets seized from traffickers.

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