08/05/2012 3:20 pm
The opening address at the trafficking conference was made by His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Cardinal Turkson spoke in strong terms about trafficking describing it as modern slavery and "one of the worst forms of human exploitation". The Cardinal looks beyond national and international laws and agreements for the solution:
"As we all know, men, women and children live every day in conditions approximating slavery. They are bought and sold like commodities. Their inherent dignity is degraded by unscrupulous criminals who fill their pockets by this trafficking and exploitation. We must ask ourselves: how is this possible? The answer is that, while necessary, national laws and international agreements alone cannot overcome these evils afflicting humanity. The promotion of human rights is a task which requires the conversion of hearts, above all else."