Bishops say church committed to addressing ‘scourge’ of human trafficking

By Catholic News Service • Posted April 6, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CNS) — Decrying “the evil of human trafficking” as an “international, national and local scourge,” three Catholic bishops whose dioceses cover portions of Maryland said their state “is not immune from this tragic reality.”

“Our state is a prime location for local, national and international trafficking due to the Interstate 95 corridor that connects multiple major cities in the region, the number of truck and rest stops along highways, and the ease of travel that the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport,” they said in an April 3 statement.

“As people of faith, this grave injustice cries out for a response,” they said. “Yet perhaps the most distressing aspect of human trafficking is the cloak of silence gripping its victims.”...