Bishop Paul McAleenan addressed an event on human trafficking and modern slavery hosted by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Santa Marta Group (SMG) at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, on Tuesday 26th June.
Mick Duthie and Phoebe Prendergast from SMG gave a presentation on human trafficking and modern slavery and the widespread existence of these twin scourges in today’s society.
Bishop Paul spoke on the parable of the dishonest steward, drawing a comparison to those involved in human trafficking and modern day slavery, adding, ‘when it comes to making money some people… are totally uninterested on the human aspect’ using them as, ‘only commodities, their only function is to make money.’
He expressed thanks for the work of the Santa Marta group, describing them as, ’children of light’, who have a task so, ’enterprising and innovative, aware and knowledgeable’ to protect, ‘other vulnerable people.’
He explained that everyone has a part to play in this fight: ‘Simply be aware, be conscious. Trafficking and modern slavery are a reality. They take place in civilised societies, in respectable streets and offices.’