is it that, in the post-industrial era, in a global economy that seems to need
increasingly less human labour, there
are more slaves than there ever were in the course of history? The Jesuit
father, Michael Czerny, was recently invited
to the Katholische Academie in Berlin to speak about human trafficking and
modern slavery. Czerny, Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development,
began his report with a question that, in appearance only, aimed to
historically and statistically contextualize a current and dramatic phenomenon.The
persistence of such “dehumanizing and revolting” practices in which individuals
are treated “as merchandise to sell and exploit as

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