Holy See representative to the UN in Geneva, Ivan Jurkovič

Vatican denounces in Geneva “uncoordinated” global efforts to end slavery

“Global efforts to meet the goals to end all forms of slavery by 2030 are still too uncoordinated”, denounced Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, on June 27.

For the record

“Modern slavery is one of the gravest criminal offences with over 40 million victims and an annual generated profit from trafficking in human beings of 32 billion dollars, making it the second most profitable business after the illegal arms trade”, lamented the Vatican ambassador, alerting that

“the exploitation takes many forms, including forced labour, sexual slavery, forced criminality, reproductive exploitation and organ harvesting, and is present in private, commercial, public and governmental enterprises”.

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One level deeper

“Too often, it is a lack of opportunities, abject poverty or conflicts that create dangerous situations in which desperation makes it easy to be exploited by criminals”, said Jurkovič, denouncing that

“modern forms of slavery should have no place in the contemporary world, they are immoral and utterly deplorable”.

What’s next

The Vatican ambassador insisted that “it is the obligation of the State to break this cycle of indifference and establish or improve programmes and mechanisms for protecting, rehabilitating and reintegrating victims of trafficking, allocating to them the economic resources seized from the traffickers”.

“Our common fight to prevent this modern-day scourge needs to be accelerated, at local and international levels, not only by tackling the symptoms, but also the underlying causes”, urged Jurkovič.

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