Prostitution can no longer be tolerated, say Catholic groups
Human dignity threatened by selling sex, says conference04 November, 16:11
Prostitution is intrinsically tied with human trafficking, violence, financial crimes and drug abuse, said José María Simón Castellví, president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, co-organizer of the event.
The agreement among participants at the conference, co-organized by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, represented a "sea change" in attitudes, said Castellví.
"There must be zero tolerance, and prostitution cannot be accepted as a lesser evil, it is indeed a greater evil".
Pope Francis has made human trafficking and slavery one of his top concerns, commenting on the issue soon after his election as pontiff in April, said the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy, Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo. Francis, during his years as archbishop of Buenos Aires, fought human trafficking and prostitution in Argentina, said Sanchez-Sorondo.
"He knows the problem," and wants to address it, said Sanchez-Sorondo.
"The pope will do something important, and this represents a radical change".
Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said the pope is deeply concerned with issues of human trafficking as well as migration and human rights.
The pope sees "the problem of human trafficking as a clear sign of an economic system in which the dignity of the human person is not respected".