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Catholic Church experts will gather in the Vatican for a workshop beginning this Saturday and Sunday with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences along with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations will meet to discuss an action plan by the Vatican to help combat what is often referred to as the modern slave trade. “Trafficking in human beings is a terrible offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights,” Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences told Vatican Radio in a recent interview. The theme of the workshop organized on the request of Pope Francis is: “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” A 2012 report on human trafficking from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says around 20.9 million victims are forced into labor globally. Each year, about two million people are victims of sex trafficking, 60 percent of whom are girls. The practice is not limited to poor and underdeveloped areas, but extends to all world regions.
Journalists will be briefed on the workshop on 4th of November at press office of the Holy See.


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