“The Bible says that we should train up our child in the way of the Lord, so that when he will grow, he will not depart from it,” she said.
This must be taught “in the churches, in the schools, that your children are not the ones who suffer for you, that you are the parent.”
Inyang, along with two other victims of trafficking, Al Bangura and Crystal, shared their testimonies with Pope Francis during an audience between the Pope and members of the Santa Marta Group Oct. 27.
The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from across the world who work together with civil society to eradicate human trafficking and provide pastoral care to victims.
The group was launched by Pope Francis in April 2014 with the goal of developing strategies in prevention, pastoral care and re-integration through the international network.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and president of the group was also present at the meeting, which took place as part of an Oct. 26-27 conference sponsored by the group.
In the audience, Pope Francis said that what is needed in the fight against trafficking is a “concerted effort, effective and consistent, both to eliminate the causes of this complex phenomenon, and to meet, assist and accompany people who fall into the snares of trafficking.”
These victims, he said, “are the most vulnerable, who are stolen dignity, physical and mental integrity, even their lives.”
“The Lord will reward what is done to these little ones in today’s society,” the Pope continued. “Jesus said: ‘I was hungry ... I was thirsty ... and you helped me’; today he could also say: ‘I was abused, exploited, enslaved ... and you’ve helped me’.”
In his homily at Mass the morning of Oct. 27, the Pope said that God the Father became man in order to “weep” for the victims of trafficking and for those who “sell people’s lives.”
“It is good for us to think that our God the Father became man in order to weep and it is good for us to think that our God the Father weeps today: weeps for this humanity that does not understand the peace that he offers us, the peace of love,” he said.
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