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Sunday 18 October: Anti-Slavery Day

Pope Francis, within the first few paragraphs of his newly published encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’, informs us that “millions of people today…are deprived of freedom and forced to live in conditions akin to slavery” #24. With over 27 million people currently in slavery worldwide, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the problem.

All “persons of goodwill”, to whom the Holy Father addresses his encyclical, will share concern and a sense of responsibility for the situation but many will be uncertain about how they personally can make a difference.

Certainly, lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures due to the pandemic have made spotting and reporting the signs of trafficking and modern slavery even more challenging than usual.

Source: ICN

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