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Pope urges governments to fight human trafficking harder

'A disgrace to civil society'

Pope urges governments to fight human trafficking harder

Vatican City, May 24 - Pope Francis on Friday urged governments to come up with new approaches to fight human trafficking. "Human trafficking is a shameful activity, a disgrace to our societies that claim to be civilized. Exploiters and customers at all levels should seriously examine their conscience before themselves and God," said the pope at a plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Migrants. Francis called on "governors, legislators and the entire international community" to come up with "effective initiatives and new approaches to protect the dignity and improve the quality of life (for human trafficking victims), and cope with modern forms of persecution".

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