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Vatican official: Human trafficking and immigration are intertwined issues

2015-04-21

During a recent conference on human trafficking, Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo discussed the immigration crisis in Europe. At least 700 migrants from Africa had just died while trying to make their way to the Mediterranean.

MSGR. MARCELO SANCHEZ SORONDO
Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"Just yesterday, 700 people dead in the Mediterranean. Those people are dead. Because of the crisis in these countries, they try to have a better life.”

He said the issues of human trafficking and immigration are connected. Immigrants who seek a better life in other countries are often taken advantage of and trafficked once they arrive in their new destination.

MSGR. MARCELO SANCHEZ SORONDO
Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"It's a combination. It's a combination.”

So what's the goal for the conference? The Monsignor hopes that experts will be able to share what's worked best in counteracting the problem. Above all else, developing prevention strategies. 

MSGR. MARCELO SANCHEZ SORONDO
Chancellor, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
"To arrive and identify the best practices, to try to find models of these best practices, and to try to copy this for others.”

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences helps the Church implement its social doctrine on the ground. Its recent conference on human trafficking attracted dozens of experts from all over the world.


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