We need to change the basis, the substance of our economic structure. This is what Laudato Si’ tells us very clearly, stating. that we are experiencing a socio-environmental drama. We need to listen to the cry of the poor who raise the need for an economy that does not exploit them, that no longer uses them for finincial gain.
Could we talk about industries that feed on trafficking? What are they like, how do they work, and how can we identify them?
Yes, there is undoubtedly a market linked to human trafficking, a market that offers the right environment for all these mechanisms to proliferate. Not to mention everything that has to do with financial gain. Trafficking is one of the three most profitable crimes in the world. After organ trafficking, tissue trafficking, arms trafficking and, drug trafficking, there is human trafficking. And it has increased with the shift of our everyday life to online platforms. And what we also find is that in many value chains linked to the ‘reprimarisation’ of the economy, which Francis defines in Laudato si’, as the reality that the global south provides the raw material, that extractive mechanism, that mechanics of primary production.
So, the answer to your question is: there are many. Not to mention the large value chains of those linked to mining, linked to the need of many workers outside their homes for long periods, which are prone to the sexual exploitation of women and the exploitation that occurs through forced labor, slave labor and reduction to servitude.
Trafficking is a global phenomenon, as we can now see. Conditions that promote it increase with conflicts and the global phenomenon of war that we are experiencing, the “third world war” fought “piecemeal,” as defined by Francis. It is a value chain that applies its technocratic paradigm and, uses any mechanism to maximize profit and lower costs, producing a greater accumulation of wealth and efficiency. People are victims of all these industries linked to reprimarisation, and obviously also to those of automation in the field of manufacturing. This new world of work must value people and stop discarding them.
Since we’ve talked about how to identify it, now we also ask ourselves: how can we end this scourge that moves millions of black-market dollars around the world?
We first need to understand that this scourge, an expression of organized crime, should not find governments disorganized or a disorganized community. Thinking about dismantling the economic structure, the first step is institutional political commitment. But at the same time, what is needed is the implementation of programs that allow the reconstruction of a new horizon, a prospect of life for people who survive the crime of trafficking. And that means providing land, housing, and work. This is what Francis proposes as the plan that can answer the claim of the popular movements, of the social movements, as an agenda that allows economic autonomy for the discarded sectors of society in which people are victims of this economy. And obviously, it also has to do with a community that is committed and that says “enough is enough,” that says “no” to the mafias.