Pope Francis on Friday, August 12, visited a
refugee centre in Rome housing women rescued
from forced prostitution as part of his ‘Friday of
Mercy’ gestures during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
During his visit, the Pontiff met with the 20 women
rescued from the sex trade who were trafficked
from their countries, including Nigeria, Romania,
Albania,Tunisia, Ukraine, and Italy.
All of the women were the victims of severe
physical abuse during their ordeal and are living
under protection in the home run by the Pope
John the 23rd community.
A statement from the Holy See Press office said the
Pope’s visit to this refugee centre is another
reminder of the need to fight against human
trafficking, which the Pope has described as “a
crime against humanity” and “an open wound on
the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ”.