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Pope visits women rescued from sexual trafficking

August 12, 2016

On August 12, Pope Francis dropped in on a Rome center for refugee women who have been rescued from work as prostitutes. 

The Pope's visit-- which, like his visit to two Italian convents earlier in the week, had not been announced in advance-- was one of a series of gestures the Holy Father has been making on Fridays to illustrate the power of mercy during this Jubilee Year.

The Pope spoke with twenty women who had been involved in sexual trafficking in Italy, eastern Europe, and northern Africa. All had suffered physical abuse. The Vatican press office said that the papal visit was intend to call attention to the need for effective action against sexual trafficking, saying that it is "a crime against humanity." 


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Aug. 12, 2016 7:26 PM ET USA

    The political reality in the U.S. is that prostitution is a valid economic enterprise which fulfills woman and does not denigrate them. It is aligned with the radical abortion theory which fulfills the modern woman. Francis has it right in reaching out to the economically dependent women caught in its web. He just has to realize that the U.S. is different and decadent and using the feminist movement to repaint prostitution as a valid way of life within the abortion support network.