December 23, 2013

The trafficking of human beings is a crime against humanity and must be stopped, Pope Francis told diplomats.

"It's a disgrace" that people are treated "as objects, deceived, raped, often sold many times for different purposes and, in the end, killed or, in any case, physically and mentally damaged, ending up thrown away and abandoned," he said.

The pope spoke Dec. 12 to 17 new ambassadors to the Vatican.

Human trafficking is "an issue that worries me very much and today is threatening people's dignity," he said.