Human Trafficking Commercializes the Other

Vatican conference

Speaking at a  Vatican conference that examined the implementation of the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking on 11th April, Pope Francis described human trafficking as a most dramatic manifestation of commercializing the other.

“Those who are guilty of this crime damage not only others, but also themselves. Indeed, each one of us is created to love and take care of the other, and this reaches its apex in the gift of self: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13). In the relationship we establish with others we put our humanity in play, approaching or distancing ourselves from the model of the human being as wanted by God the Father and revealed in the Son incarnate. Therefore, every choice contrary to the realization of God’s plan for us is a betrayal of our humanity and a renouncement of the “life in abundance” offered by Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis also commented that this crime is “a violation of the freedom and dignity of victims.” Actions that are aimed at addressing this crime against humanity open the way to the fullness of life, the ultimate aim of our existence. He also affirmed the commitment of those working to prevent this crime against humanity:

“The numerous initiatives that place you in the front line in preventing trafficking, protecting survivors and prosecuting perpetrators are worthy of admiration. I feel I must express special thanks to the many religious congregations who have worked – and continue to work, also as network – as the “avant-garde” of the missionary action of the Church against every form of trafficking.”

ACRATH was represented at this conference by Colleen Jackson rsc. Read the full statement delivered by Pope Francis here.
(Image: Website of the Holy See)

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