RevEREND Father John Damian Adizie, OCD

Who could believe that even after  the official abolition of slavery that slavery still exist even in this modern age? In confirmation, the International Labour Organization declared that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

In an attempt to address this perennial problem, the UN has set aside December 2 as International Day for the Abolition of slavery. This celebration is meant to create awareness on the unlawful and inhuman nature of slavery.

Deportees numbering about 258 from Libya being profiled right on the tarmac on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Photo Lamidi Bamidele

It is also a day to highlight some of the modern forms of slavery. A slave is a person who is the legal (or illegal) property of another and is forced to obey them. A slave is also someone who is in bondage and who has lost his right to freedom. Modern forms of slavery includes:

Forced Prostitution 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 in sex slaves, most of them have even been forced into prostitution against their will.

Forced Labour is among the in-human forms of slavery. So many people have been forced into doing jobs that are agai-nst their will. Mo-st of those who are forced into such labours are not even paid. They reduce them to all forms of inhuman treatment.

Marital Slavery: In the name of marriage most women are living in bondage in their marital homes. Imagine a situation where some women are not allow-ed to move out freely and even express them-selves publicly. Some fe-male Muslims cannot even come out without covering their faces.

Forced Marriage: Young ladies are forced by their parents to get married at early stage. Some even im-pose men on their daughters, against their will. Some women are held hostage and are even forced into marriage. A typical exam-ple is the case of the Chibok girls. Some of the released girls came out with children whom they gave birth to while in captivity.

Slave beggars: Most peo-ple and even parents take advantage of their child-ren’s vulnerability. At early stage of their lives children are forced into begging. Most of these 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 are roaming the streets begging.

Debt Bondage: A debtor is in a financial bondage.  A debtor has no financial freedom. He may spend the rest of his life servicing his debt. Most African countr-ies like Nigeria, are indebt-ed to the World Bank and other foreign banks. Every year the states and Federal Government are borrowing money thereby enslaving themselves the more.

Human Trafficking: Most people are deceived, others are taken to Europe and other Western worlds again-st their will. By the time they arrived in those foreign countries they are used either for commercial sex or for forced labour. They are not even paid directly but through the agents who are in charge of them.

Religious Slavery:  Grad-ually, most churches and re-ligious centres are turning into slavery camp. In the name of voluntary service so many young men and wo-men have enslaved themsel-ves. Most of the young men and women you find in most churches after services have no means of livelihood. They spend the rest of their lives hanging around chur-ches doing all kinds of jobs without pay. They are meant to believe that they are work-ing for God who will one day reward them with eternal life.

Political Slavery: In the name of political aides most young men and women have been enslaved by politici-ans. The number of political aides that are attached to a particular politician is a clear indication that most people prefer living as slaves. Even when these politicians are no longer in power these jobless politi-cal aides will be handing around them thereby wast-ing their precious time.

Domestic Servitude: Most of the rich men and women are so lazy that they cannot even handle their domestic services. Most of them cannot even exist without maid servants. Unfortunately, most of these domestic slaves spend the rest of their lives serving their fellow humans with little or no plan for their own future. The parents or agents in charge of these maid servants are the ones that receive their salaries.

These are some of the modern forms of slavery. The Christian Bible cond-emns all forms of slavery. According to St. Paul, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither sla-ve nor free, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28). Since we are all one in Christ; all forms of slavery is hereby cancelled in Jesus name – Amen!


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