Religion of 2014-03-19

Global faiths plan eradication of modern slavery

An initiative by Christian churches and other faiths to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020 has been announced.

In a joint statement issued at the Vatican yesterday, the churches underscored the intense effect of modern slavery and human trafficking and called for urgent action by Christians to address the issue.

Modern slavery and human trafficking

According to the statement, “The physical, economic and sexual exploitation of men, women and children condemns 30 million people to dehumanisation and degradation. Every day we let this tragic situation continue is a grievous assault on our common humanity and a shameful affront to the consciences of all peoples.”

It added that modern slavery and human trafficking were crimes to humanity which must cease.

It further explained that despite efforts by many countries to solve the problem, modern slavery and human trafficking continued to expand.

“Victims are hidden away: in places of prostitution, in factories, in farms and fishing boats, illegal establishments, in private homes behind locked doors and in countless other places, in cities, villages and slums in the world’s richest and poorest nations,” it said.

All hands on board

It, therefore, called on all governments, people of faith, their leaders and people of goodwill to take action to end indifference towards those suffering as a result of those exploitations.

The statement concluded that “our world must be freed of those terrible evil and crimes against humanity. Every hand and heart must be joined to bring this freedom to all those who are trapped and suffering”.

Source: graphic.com.gh
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