Prostitution is a horrendous crime that reduces vulnerable women to tortured slaves who are at the mercy of their clients, Pope Francis said.
All people of goodwill have a duty to help vulnerable women and other victims of human trafficking escape from forced sexual slavery, the pope wrote in a prologue of a new book on the suffering of women forced into prostitution.
“Any form of prostitution is a reduction to slavery, a criminal act, a disgusting vice that confuses making love with venting out one’s instincts by torturing a defenceless woman,” he said. “It is a sickness of humanity, a false way of thinking in society.”
The new book, titled Crucified Women, was released in Italian and written by Fr Aldo Buonaiuto, a priest who works for the John XXIII Community, an international association that helps marginalised people.
L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, published the book’s prologue on 29th July, on the eve of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Picture: Pope Francis.