Police chiefs, bishops, religious sisters, representatives from civil society, members of the Santa Marta Group, as well as representatives of international organizations such as SELEC and Europol, joined on 26 – 27 October 2016, in the Vatican, to share and encourage good practices in the struggle against human trafficking.
“Trafficking in human beings is a hideous crime which affects our society and represents a modern day slavery. It is up to all the stakeholders to take action against it and to diminish the terrible effects of exploitation of human beings through a concerted effort toward securing and rescuing the victims and dismantle the organised crime groups operating in this area. This event represents an excellent model of how different institutions, organisations and civil society are working together for the benefit of the citizens “ Mr. Romulus Ungureanu, SELEC Director for Operations, said on this occasion.
The Santa Marta Group, launched in 2014, is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery.