Human Trafficking

The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights…Such situations are an affront to fundamental values which are shared by all cultures and peoples, values rooted in the very nature of the human person.

In particular, the sexual exploitation of women and children is a particularlAbused womany repugnant aspect of this trade, and must be recognized as an intrinsic violation of human dignity and rights.

The disturbing tendency to treat prostitution as a business or industry not only contributes to the trade in human beings, but is itself evidence of a growing tendency to detach freedom from the moral law and to reduce the rich mystery of human sexuality to a mere commodity.

Attention needs to be paid to the deeper causes of the increased "demand" which fuels the market for human slavery and tolerates the human cost which results.

A sound approach to the issues involved will lead also to an examination of the lifestyles and models of behaviour, particularly with regard to the image of women, which generate what has become a veritable industry of sexual exploitation in the developed countries.

Excerpts from a letter by Pope John Paull II, "Twenty-First Century Slavery-The Human Rights Dimension to Trafficking in Human Beings" 2002

Massachusetts Bishops Urge Passage of Anti-Trafficking Legislation

To read a letter from the Bishops, please click here (pdf).

To read 2011 Boston Pilot coverage, click here  and click here.