VATICAN CITY: At the request of Pope Francis, scholars and researchers belonging to two pontifical academies and representatives of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations will begin focusing on the phenomenon of human trafficking and ways to fight it.
A working group from the pontifical academies of Sciences and Social Sciences and the federation will meet from November 2-3 for a preparatory workshop examining the size of the problem, its causes and steps that can be taken to prevent trafficking and to help victims, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the academies, said.
In a May speech, Pope Francis said human trafficking is “a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilised.” Refugees, displaced and stateless people are particularly vulnerable to “the plague of human trafficking, which increasingly involves children subjected to the worst forms of exploitation and even recruitment into armed conflicts,” the pope said.
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