As the two were headed out to have sex, the man’s wife called and asked if she should throw in the pasta, since it was his usual time to get home. However, the man said he still had a lot of work to do and that he’d call when he was on his way.
Once he hung up the phone, the prostitute looked at him and said, “What love do you have for your family?” particularly given the love his wife had just shown him.
This problem, Sr. Monica said, “is one everyone needs to face,” particularly in a country like Italy, where domestic violence rates are especially high and a campaign is currently ongoing in a bid to end violence against women.
“Today we have many feminicides (killings of women) in society...because men use family resources and give them to the prostitute. The love he should have for his wife and family, goes to the prostitute,” she said, noting that when a man then goes home, “his wife is no longer anything.”
“His wife is someone to eliminate, to kill. So this problem needs to be confronted from all sides! Because it’s ruining society at every level,” she said. “It must be confronted with the problem of the clients. And the clients aren’t in the sky, they’re among us.”
Sr. Imelda Poole, President of RENATE and a member of the English province of IBVM Loreto Congregation, told CNA that she thinks greed is the ultimate cause of human trafficking.
“We’ve developed a society globally through consumerism, but it’s one in which to be rich, to be powerful, to reach your goal. But the richer you become, the more riches you want. And in that greed there’s an annihilation of love,” she said.
Greed also brings an annihilation of respect and human rights, she said, since the “total selfishness” driving greed “leads a person to become very brutal because their conscience becomes totally suppressed, because they’re only operating from themselves.”
It’s ultimately “the ruination that’s the human being,” whether they are the trafficker or those being trafficked, she said.
Sr. Monica said that to end the market for trafficking, particularly forced-sex trafficking, education and the enforcement of laws are needed.
“If a girl is there all day today, tomorrow and no one calls her, the traffickers will understand that this merchandise needs to change,” she said. “It starts with the law, it starts with good education.”
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Modern society has lost the fundamental values that ought to govern the life and actions of the human being, she said, adding that “we must reform our conscience.”
While in many cases laws do exist, they are not applied, the Sister noted, saying they have helped several girls and young women that reported their traffickers, only to have them go to prison for a few days and end up back on the streets.
If the problem of trafficking is faced at its roots, “automatically the traffickers bring their product to the market, it’s not purchased, they will change their craft. The government must have a law that punishes and the law must be applied, whatever it is,” she said.
Referring to Red Light Districts in some countries where prostitution is legal, Sr. Monica said “thank God” it wasn’t legalized in Italy, but in other European countries such as Germany the girls aren’t simply wandering the streets, but “are put in a glass container.”
“You have to go and cry” after seeing this, she said, “because they are in glass cases like dresses to go and choose.”
“Many times this makes me cry,” she said. “It makes me cry because women shouldn’t be reduced in this way! Woman was not created for this! It isn’t licit for men to take women and make them merchandise!”