Vatican City, May 1, 2013 / 09:42 am
Marking the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis said at his General Audience this week that work should serve man and contribute to his dignity, rather than man serving his work.
"How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity," the Pope said May 1 at St. Peter's Square.
He added a plea to "my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which is a part of 'slave labor.'"
Rather than a restricted view of "slave labor" focusing only on enslavement and human trafficking, the Pope said that any "work that enslaves" could be considered "slave labor."