“It is necessary to take every possible measure to ensure protection and defense to migrant children,” Pope Francis said, “as well as their integration,” into host societies. “These, our brothers and sisters, especially if unaccompanied, are exposed to many dangers,” the Pope said – dangers that include being taken and sold into slavery – often sexual slavery.
January 15th is the 103rd iteration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year is focused particularly on the plight of the youngest migrants under the theme: Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless.
Young migrants, especially when unaccompanied, are especially defenceless. Let everyone offer them a helping hand.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 12, 2017
Children forced to flee, especially if fleeing alone, are most defenceless and vulnerable. Let’s pray for them and help them. @M_RSection
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 13, 2017
Unscrupulous exploitation harms young girls and boys who are trafficked and enslaved. May God bless all those who set them free. @M_RSection
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 14, 2017
May the Holy Family watch over all child migrants and accompany the vulnerable and the voiceless on their journey. @M_RSection
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 15, 2017