The racket of the organizations, customers, but also the silence of many people. These are the ways to force a woman to become a prostitute. We want to hear the cry of those crucified sisters, walk with them, share their lives, and become liberators like Goel, yelling to the customers and to the racket that they must stop being the promoters of such injustice, which is one of the most serious ones, not “the world’s oldest profession”.
We want to hear the cry of the poor, going up to God. The cry of those girls, many of whom are minors. God, who is a Father, asks us: “Where are your sisters enslaved on the road?” There is a lot of complicity: this abhorrent crime, which is a source of income for the mafia, is deeply rooted in our cities. The hands of too many people are dripping with blood due to a comfortable and silent complicity, as Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium.
Among these women who prostituted themselves we met some admirable mothers, willing to give their lives to protect their children, we have found women who valued family and the community. We saw a great dignity in their desire to seek employment, to maintain relationships with their land. We cannot keep silent anymore, so as not to be complicit in injustice.
The United Nations have defined prostitution a practice incompatible with human dignity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that prostitution offends the dignity of the person and is a social scourge. Father Oreste Benzi said that the poor cannot wait and that nobody’s hands are clean when it comes to those young women enslaved by trafficking. We must all think about these words.