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Pope wants to step up fight against modern forms of slavery

Published on Nov 4, 2013 11:10 PM
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Pope Francis (above) wants action against modern forms of slavery, including forced labour and prostitution, the Vatican said on Monday, Nov 4, 2013, after a meeting of experts called by the pontiff to debate the problem. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis wants action against modern forms of slavery, including forced labour and prostitution, the Vatican said on Monday after a meeting of experts called by the pontiff to debate the problem.

Dozens of academics, doctors and clerics were hosted by the Vatican to discuss issues close to the Pope's heart, including the struggle against organ trafficking and people smuggling.

"Some experts believe human trafficking will overtake drug and arms trafficking in a decade, becoming the most lucrative criminal activity in the world," Mr Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told reporters.

Mr Sorondo said the Pope was heavily invested in a subject he knows well from his years in Latin America and had even invited two experts on human trafficking that he knows from Buenos Aires.

 
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