The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of the Migrants and Itinerant People, in the June 20-21, 2006 "First International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women of the Street," wrote:

“Who is the victim?

She is a human being, in many cases crying for help because selling her body on the street is not what she would choose to do voluntarily. She is torn apart, she is dead psychologically and spiritually. Each person has a different story, mainly one of violence, abuse, mistrust, low self esteem, fear, lack of opportunities. Each has experienced deep wounds that need to be healed.”

June 20-21, 2006