POPE’S U.S. VISIT CAN UNITE THE FIGHT AGAINST MODERN-DAY SLAVERY
Pope Francis addressed Congress in Washington D.C. yesterday and spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this morning. Pope Francis, who is a leader in the fight against human trafficking, has urged the U.S. to take action to combat modern-day slavery among a variety of issues brought up during his U.S. tour.
More Americans are now aware of human trafficking, but continue think of the problem as one more prevalent in other countries. While human trafficking is certainly more prevalent in less developed and war torn countries, human trafficking is still happening here in the U.S., a top destination for human traffickers to send their victims.
According to the International Labor Organization, there are more than 20 million modern-day slaves in the world. It is important to target all perpetrators and secure more convictions. “With sufficient funds, we will be able to provide victims with essential aid, law enforcement with a comprehensive and collaborative framework, and prosecutors with the capacity to pursue cases at unprecedented levels.”
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