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Modern forms of slavery at international day for the abolition of slavery

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Members of Adoration Prison Apostolate with Fr. John Damian (middle) shortly after their prayer at the Nigeria Prison Service in Edo State.<br />

Who could believe that even after official abolition of slavery that slavery still exists even in this jet age? The International Labour Organisation declares that more than 40 million people are victims of modern slavery. To address this perennial problem, December 2nd has been set aside as

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This celebration is meant to create awareness on the unlawful and barbaric nature of slavery. It is also a day to highlight some of the modern forms of slavery, such as:

Forced Prostitution: It is a form of sexual slavery that takes place as a result of coercion. Most of the young ladies that are taken abroad end up as sex slaves. Most of them have even been forced into prostitution against their will.

Forced Labour: Has to do with compelling people into doing jobs that are against their will. Most of those forced into such labours are not paid. They reduce them to all forms of inhuman treatment.

Marital Slavery: It is a situation where women are forced into marriage against their will, especially at an early stage of life.

In such marriages, women are not allowed to move out freely and even express themselves publicly.

Some strict Muslim women, for instance, are even allowed to come out without covering their faces. Forced marriage also occurs in situation where women are held hostage and are forced into marriage.

Slave beggars: It is a situation where children are forced into begging. Most children you see with blind beggars are doing this against their will.

Imagine how they feel when they see their fellow children going to school, while they move from streets-to-street, house-to-house begging.

Debt Slavery: It is situation where one is enslaved to his or her debtor. Most African countries, including Nigeria, are indebted to World Bank and other foreign banks.

Almost every year, the State and Federal governments are borrowing money, thereby enslaving themselves the more.

Human Trafficking: It is a situation where human beings are sold into slavery and are transferred from one agent to another, even for commercial purpose. Such human beings are forced into hard labour or into commercial sex.

Religious Slavery: Gradually, most Churches and religious centres are turning into slave camps.

In the name of voluntary service, so many young men and women have been enslaved. They work without payment and are made to believe that they are working for God, Who will one day reward them with eternal life.

Political Slavery: It is a situation where one is enslaved politically.

The number of political aides that are attached to a particular politician is a clear indication that most people prefer living as slaves than in freedom.

Even when these politicians are no longer in power, these jobless political slaves continue to hang around their slave masters, without making any effort to actualise their own destiny.

Slavery to Sin: It is the worst form of slavery. A sinner is a slave. Jesus told His fellow Jews, “…everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34). St. John declares, “He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.” (1 John 3:8) A sinner is not free.

He is always controlled and influenced by his sinful nature. Only Jesus can set a sinner free from this bondage!

In a nutshell, the Christian Bible condemns all forms of slavery. St. Paul declares, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” (Gal 3:28). Since we are all one in Christ; all forms of slavery are hereby cancelled in Jesus name – Amen!


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