Maryland Catholic Bishops issue joint statement on human trafficking

Monday, April 03, 2017 1:22 PM

The Catholic bishops in Maryland issued a joint statement April 3 on human trafficking, titled ‘Proclaiming Liberty to Captives,” and announced that the Catholic Church in Maryland will sponsor a series of information sessions throughout the state to address the issue.

The statement is from Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl,  and Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly.

Here is the text of that statement: 

The evil of human trafficking is an international, national and local scourge, and a grave violation of the dignity and freedom of all its victims. Human trafficking includes both labor and sex trafficking, and rivals the global drug industry in its scope and profits, affecting the lives of countless victims from all over the world. The U.S. State Department estimates that an alarming 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across nations’ borders worldwide, with 14,500 to 17,500 people trafficked into the United States each year...