Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, Italy — L’indifferenza, il male più grande — Presentation of the activity of an association on the liberation of thousands of victims of human trafficking and the fight against prostitution.
Human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution has been compared to the slavery of Africans in terms of the number of victims it creates. It is a global industry, exploiting the flesh of very young girls who have grown up in difficult circumstances and who are seeking a better life. This international illegal trade is extremely well-organised and highly profitable, yielding mind-boggling sums. Today’s sex industry is truly global and to combat this modern slave trade the Community set up the Anti-Human Trafficking Service.
In the early 1990s, Father Benzi launched the sharing in the streets experience in which contact groups meet up with women forced into street prostitution and, once they had established a relationship of trust, offered them a way out in the form of a welcome in a Community home.
We see them every night walking the streets in the poor quarters of our cities.
We call them prostitutes but we know nothing them of them as people, of their girlhood dreams or of their suffering. Our encounters with the hidden suffering of these young women, some of them still little girls, in which their right to womanhood is being trampled underfoot, have convinced us of the urgency of fighting with and for them. The Community was the first association in Italy to do this, welcoming them in and creating homes especially for them where they could recover the dignity denied them.
We must stop hiding this terrible violence behind the screen of “the oldest profession in the world”.