Pope Francis attends the unveiling of a the sculpture called 'Angels Unaware' by Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, depicting a group of 140 migrants of various cultures and from different historic times | Photo: EPA/VATICAN MEDIA
Pope Francis attends the unveiling of a the sculpture called 'Angels Unaware' by Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, depicting a group of 140 migrants of various cultures and from different historic times | Photo: EPA/VATICAN MEDIA

In a video message posted to the website ''thepopevideo.org'' on February 6, Pope Francis called proceeds from human trafficking "blood money".

Pope Francis called proceeds from the "dirty, underhanded business" of human trafficking "blood money" in a monthly video message posted on the website ''thepopevideo.org'' on February 6. 


The pontiff released the message in line with this month's prayer intention, which is "Hear the cries of migrants", the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano reports. 

Migrants are ''often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking'', the pope said. Causes of this worldwide problem include "corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain," he said. "The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money."

'Dirty Money' 

The video was produced and distributed by the agency La Machi, in cooperation with Vatican Media, and with the migrants and refugees section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. It shows two people exchanging a briefcase full of banknotes marked as ''Dirty money'' representing images of enslaved children, migrant vessels and women forced into prostitution. 

'Hear the cries of migrants' 

"We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered," the pope said. The video is part of initiatives ahead of the World day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking on February 8. 

Promoted by the network Talitha Kum, the event can be celebrated through social media under the hashtag #PrayAgainstTrafficking.
 

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