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Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Obviously, preventing human trafficking, unlike some of the issues we wrestle with which are defined by nuance or by some complexity, this is not. This is not complex and there's no nuance. This is absolutely an issue of extreme moral clarity. And it is about also our collective security, and the interaction between this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise, which is what it is, not only is a corrupting factor in the capacity of countries to live up to the standards that we want them to and to meet many needs across the board.
"So whether it is shining a light on our own procurement practices or working to ensure that forced labor is not providing the labor for illicit activities, that is why we are working across the board with faith leaders, with the private sector, with government agencies in order to try to up our capacity to be able to enforce the laws and to, obviously, diminish the impact of this scourge."
— Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks at the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Read his entire speech.
Pope Francis Appeal
On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor. " … How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity. I ask my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which includes "slave labor."
Access the full text of the pope's May 1 general audience.
Pope calls human trafficking 'despicable, a disgrace' — read an article about his comments, made May 24, 2013.