The initiative promoted by the “Pope John xxiii Community” Association to give a voice to the victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution is taking place for the third time. Women who have first-hand experience of the condition of slavery offered their testimony in the seven Stations of the Cross, envisaged in order to re-evoke the salient moments. In Italy it is estimated that the victims of prostitution amount to between 75,000 and 120,000 of whom 65 per cent are on the street. Thirty-seven per cent are minors from between 13 to 17 years old and they have nine million clients with a turnover of 90 million euros a month. The “Pope John xxiii Community” Association which has set 7,000 women free from this form of slavery has also given life to the “This Is My Body” campaign, in which it asks for support for “the Nordic model which provides for the disincentivation of the demand. Indeed”, Fr Aldo Buonaiuto emphasizes, “this dreadful offer exists because of the strong demand. For us such an injustice is intolerable and we want to give a voice to the victims who, like Jesus, are crucified first and foremost by indifference”.
St. Peter’s Square
Jan. 21, 2018
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