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Vatican to frame action plan on human trafficking

Nov 2-3 meeting of pontifical bodies, medical associations

Vatican to frame action plan on human trafficking

Vatican City, August 22 - Pope Francis has called a meeting of pontifical social science departments and the world federation of Catholic medical associations to assess human trafficking and slavery November 2-3 and frame an action plan, Vatican Radio said Thursday. On May 24 the pope 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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