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Pope says human trafficking is an international responsibility

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An alleged human trafficker is searched by a police officer in late September along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Zoltan Gergely Kelemen, EPA)
An alleged human trafficker is searched by a police officer in late September along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Zoltan Gergely Kelemen, EPA)
An alleged human trafficker is searched by a police officer in late September along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Zoltan Gergely Kelemen, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. “You  by your mission are called to be near to these victims and to accompany them on a pathway of dignity and freedom,” the pope wrote in a message addressed to the Santa Marta Group, an international network of senior law enforcement chiefs and church leaders. The group gathered in late October in the Spanish town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. Also in attendance was Queen Sofia of Spain, displaying her support to help find ways to eradicate the modern form of slavery. The Santa Marta Group, an international initiative inaugurated by the pope to raise awareness and fight human trafficking, met for its third time just weeks after the United Nations launched its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals include a call to all members of the United Nations to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor.”