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This hand-written letter between Pope Francis and Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the idea for a conference came about. The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences will organize on November 2 and 3 a conference to analyze the problem of human trafficking, a wide-spread crime throughout the world.   

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences
"Fundamentally, there are three dimensions: one is the sale of weapons, the second is drugs, and the third is human trafficking. But it seems that, according to some, human trafficking is becoming the most lucrative of the three.” 

The Vatican will propose several ideas to be included in the Palermo Protocol, an agreement singed by over 100 countries to fight human trafficking. Some of those ideas come from Spanish professor Jose Lorente. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences
"There's one to create an archive with the DNA code for all missing persons, for children that are found without knowing where they come from, and there's many. And also for people who come forward and claim missing persons. Then, adding together all the genetic codes, naturally, we will find the parents and the child's origin.” 

Each year about two million people are victims of sexual exploitation, and nearly 60 percent are women. But the problem is not limited to poor countries. It has emerged as a worldwide issue. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academies for Science and Social Sciences 
"It also affects the rich countries which create the demand. But it especially hurts the poor countries because they're the source for human traffickers.” 

International experts and researchers are expected to attend the conference. It'll the first of three separate events that will take place in the future.