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Pope Francis Takes on Global Slavery

This week, at the urging of Pope Francis, dozens of thinkers, doctors and religious leaders came to the Vatican to discuss ways to more effectively fight global slavery, human trafficking and prostitution. Combating the modern slavery trade is reportedly an issue that the pontiff is extremely passionate about, and he has encouraged the church to get more involved. The Vatican’s chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences told reporters that the issue is at the forefront of many illicit international activities. “Some experts believe human trafficking will overtake drug and arms trafficking in a decade, becoming the most lucrative criminal activity in the world.” The most recent Global Slavery Index found that currently, nearly 30 million people live in slavery around the globe …

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