What They Have Said

"Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting un-documented labour? Let us not look the other way.Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour? Let us not look the other way."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

“Human Trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.” 
– US Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, 
Trafficking in Person 2017

 

“In our day ... wars and conflicts have become the prime driver of trafficking in persons. They provide an enabling environment for traffickers to operate, as persons fleeing persecutions and conflicts are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked. Conflicts have created conditions for terrorists, armed groups and transnational organised crime networks to thrive in exploiting individuals and populations reduced to extreme vulnerability by persecution and multiple forms of violence."
– Archbishop Bernardito  Auza,
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

 

“The trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery, ... violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity.” 
– Pope Francis

 

“They are hidden from view. You don't recognise them in the back kitchens, shops, gas stations and in hospitality. They are also tucked away in fields. They don't come out and ask for help. It’s a different kind of slavery than long ago. ... They are not in shackles or on plantations. People are coerced into harsh employment under horrible conditions, and then have no freedom to leave. They are beaten, violated and told they are worthless—that no one else wants them anymore.” 
– Dr. Lucy Steinitz,
Catholic Relief Services senior technical advisor for protection

 

"Human Trafficking is an abasement of humanity, a humanity that is the reflection of God. The criminality of it is the sheer, blatant disregard for the human person, it is all about profiting from human exploitation." 
– Fr Bernard Hyacinth, SJ,
Director, Archdiocesan Office for Human Development