Pope says human trafficking is an international responsibility

Categories: Latest News

November 4, 2015

An alleged human trafficker is searched by a police officer in late September along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Zoltan Gergely Kelemen, EPA) See VATICAN-TRAFFICKING-SANTA-MARTA Nov. 4, 2015.

An alleged human trafficker is searched by a police officer in late September along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Zoltan Gergely Kelemen, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said.

“You … by your mission are called to be near to these victims and to accompany them on a pathway of dignity and freedom,” the pope wrote in a message addressed to the Santa Marta Group, an international network of senior law enforcement chiefs and church leaders.

The group gathered in late October in the Spanish town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. Also in attendance was Queen Sofia of Spain, displaying her support to help find ways to eradicate the modern form of slavery.

Read more in The Visitor…