Perspectives:The Weekly Edition – Slavery

  

Slavery could seem like something from the past, but taking a good look at the reality of the world today we find that there are 27 million slaves. That is more than in any other period in human history.

The Universal Declaration of the Human Rights says: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Yet, every year 14,500 slaves are trafficked to North America.

What can we do to fight against this? How can we pressure governments to look to what is happening in the countries they lead? What we can do to help free the modern-days slaves?

The whole world needs to stand up together to end this exploitation of human beings.

To help us answer these questions and explain who the modern-day slaves are, Pedro invited Br. Xavier Plassat, OP coordinator of the Brazilian Pastoral Land Commission Campaign against Slave work. He gives us a new perspective on slavery in the world and points out some ways to stand up against this horrible reality.