Police and Church Unite to Combat Human Trafficking

Vatican City, 4 April 2014 (VIS) – The second international conference on “Combating Human Trafficking: Church and law enforcement in partnership” will take place on 9 and 10 April in the Academy of Sciences in the Vatican.

The event is being organised by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and is chaired by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster. There will be an audience with Pope Francis at the close of the conference, where the Holy Father will meet with victims and police chiefs.

From listening to the voices of the victims, who will also be represented at the conference and able to tell their stories to all delegates from both law enforcement agencies and the Church, the Conference aims to bring police chiefs together so they can build an effective network to combat trafficking and work collaboratively with the Church. Closer collaboration will also enable joint investigations between law enforcement agencies, enabling a more co-ordinated international approach to rid the world of the scourge of its second most profitable crime.