Human Trafficking

Prioritise the eradication of human trafficking, Cardinal tells business leaders in New York

22/05/2018 6:08 pm

Cardinal speaks to business leaders in New York about human trafficking

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of both the Bishops' Conference and the Santa Marta Group, has addressed business leaders at an anti-trafficking meeting in New York today, 22 May 2018.

He called for businesses to put the human at the centre of their efforts and make the struggle against human trafficking a priority.

Businesses present included Unilever, Coca Cola and legal firms.

"Traffickers are organised; we are not. We all need to co-ordinate our efforts and this demands less ego; less fear about reputation," said Cardinal Nichols.

"Let’s be honest about our failings; honest about the problems and collaborate. Every business transaction involves a human interaction. Businesses need to re-humanise their efforts. This struggle against trafficking cannot be put into the corporate social responsibility box or because of potential liability. This struggle requires a radical commitment to the human."

Santa Marta Group at the UN

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland and Argentine Police Chief Nestor Roncaglia are at the United Nations in New York.

'The Santa Marta Group: Police and Religious Leaders Partnering to Eradicate Modern Slavery By Building Trust in Leadership, Action and Accountability' was a session, on 22 May, at the UN.

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The Santa Marta Group is a global alliance between the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies working to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery. Find out more at