Pope Francis on Tuesday said that modern-day slavery is a "crime against humanity" and is "unfortunately become worse and worse every day."
"This takes place in hiding," he said through an interpreter, "behind closed doors, in private homes, in the streets, in the cars, in factories, in the fields, in fishing boats, and in so many other places. This takes place both in cities and in villages – in villages of the richest and the poorest nations on earth."
His remarks came as part of a panel of faith leaders, MCed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who have signed a joint declaration to end modern-day slavery, hosted by the Global Freedom Network at The Vatican.
You can watch Pope Francis' full remarks here.
CNN is joining the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplifying the voices of the victims, highlighting success stories and helping unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. Find out more about the CNN Freedom Project here.