The Iowa Catholic Conference supports efforts to fight the trafficking of human beings. While forced labor and sexual exploitation continue overseas, it is much more prevalent in Iowa than one might think. Trafficking in persons is the fastest-growing criminal activity and is on the same scale of gun-running and drugs.

Human trafficking is a crime against the fundamental rights and dignity of the human person. According to a statement made by the Vatican and other religious leaders, “Modern slavery and human trafficking are crimes against humanity. The physical, economic and sexual exploitation of men, women and children condemns 30 million people to dehumanization and degradation.”