Vatican City, 08 February, 2021 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has asked people to pray Monday for every person who is currently a victim of human trafficking.
“In times of crisis, human trafficking proliferates; therefore, an economy needs to be strengthened so that it may respond to the crisis in a way that is not short-sighted, in a lasting way, in a solid way,” Pope Francis said in the video message published Feb. 8.
“Dear brothers and sisters, let us put all this in our prayer, especially today, through the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita. … Let us all pray together for every person who is a victim of human trafficking at this moment.”
Human trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion industry that profits off of 25 million victims worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization.
The pope sent the video message to a seven-hour global prayer marathon which is being broadcast via live-stream with translations in five languages, including English, to mark the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.