THE PONTIFICE: “PUNISH THOSE WHO ARE ACCOMPLICES OF SLAVERY” Pope Francis has received participants to the Plenary session in the Pontificial Academy of Social Sciences

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All the communities are exhorted to adopt effective laws against slavery in order to ensure that the traffickers be handed over to justice and their earnings be used to rehabilitate the victims”.The words of Pope Francis who this morning in the Sala del Concistoro received the participants of the Plenary Session of the Pontificial Accademy of Social Sciences. The Academy, from 17 to 21 April shall be debating on the theme “Human trafficking: Issues beyond criminalisation”. The successor of Peter, in his speech, has affirmed that at the end of life, man will face judgement according to the protocol compiled by Jesus in the Beautitudes.

The “blessed” by the Father”, he explained, “His children who will see Him, are those who take care of the lowlieste who love the small ones amongst their brothers, more than the others: ‘What you will have done to one of these small brothers, you will have done to me’”. “Amongst these needy brothers – he observed – there are those ho suffer from tragedies under modern forms of slavery, forced labour, prostitution, organ-and-drug-trafficking”. Pointing his finger against a “global economic system that is dominated by profit-making”, he said that “noone likes admitting that in his own city, region or country, there are new forms of slavery, while we know that ths plgue concerns almost all countries”.

Let us then condegno this terrible scourge in all its severity”, he added. Secondly, the Bishop of Rome, the world must arouse its awareness that “trafficking of humans, forced labour practices, prostitution, organ-trafficking is a very serious matter, a plague of modern man”. And many times, – he added improvising – these new forms of slavery are protected by the institutions who should rather defend their people against these crimes”. Furthermore, “it would be preferable to look for ideal way sto punish those who are accomplices of such inhumane practices” by improving “the ransom and social inclusion of the victims, updating also the norms on asylum rights”. He concluded his speech encouraging those present to“build a city on earth in light of the Beautitudes, and so walk towards the Heavens in company of the small and the lowliest.”

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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