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Catholic Teaching on Human Trafficking

Pope Benedict XVI -
Message for the World Day of Migration (2006):

[T]rafficking in human beings - especially women ... flourishes where opportunities to improve their standard of living or even to survive are limited. It becomes easy for the trafficker to offer his own "services" to the victims, who often do not even vaguely suspect what awaits them. In some cases there are women and girls who are destined to be exploited almost like slaves in their work, and not infrequently in the sex industry, too." Though I cannot here closely examine the analysis of the consequences of this aspect of migration, I make my own the condemnation voiced by John Paul II against "the widespread hedonistic and commercial culture which encourages the systematic exploitation of sexuality." (Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women, 1995, 5).

Statements from Papal and Vatican documents - Click Here

Vatican Sponsored Conferences

Joining the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery
October 26, 2005

The First International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women of the Street
June 20-21, 2005

Related Documentation

Catholic Church Fights Human Trafficking & Slavery

Roman Catholic Church Teaching on Slavery

Slavery and the Catholic Church

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"Trafficking in persons–in which men, women, and children from all over the globe are transported to other countries for the purposes of forced prostitution or labor–inherently rejects the dignity of the human person and exploits conditions of global poverty." (90)
USCCB, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope (2003)

Related Documentation

Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations
March 9, 2005

Stop Trafficking of People: An Introductory Resource

Documentation - United States

2006 Report on Human Trafficking - United States Government

Department of Justice Resources on Human Trafficking

Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000

Documentation - United Nations

2004 Policy Paper
United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

United Nations Treaty
Traffic in Persons

The United Nations response to trafficking in women and girls

Resource Collections

Abolition of Slavery
United Nations Resources

Gender and Women's Issues
United Nations Directory of Resources

Trafficking in Human Beings
United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Documentation - Other

Trafficking Human Beings:
New Approaches to Combating the Problem

Department on International Labour Standards and Human Rights (NORMES) Europe and Asia


Catholic Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Global Human Trafficking

Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking

Stop the Traffik

University of Washington Women’s Center

Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking

Project to Combat Trafficking in Children and Women

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