Magazine article Anglican Journal

Faith Leaders Pledge to Fight Modern Slavery

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Faith Leaders Pledge to Fight Modern Slavery

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Rani was sold into slavery when she was just 12. For eight years, until she escaped, she worked without pay or a day off, sleeping on the floor and rarely getting outside.

Rani, now an anti-slavery campaigner, lived her experience with slavery not in some developing world sweatshop, but in private homes in the U.K., attendees at a forum on modern slavery, held February 6-7 in Istanbul, learned.

Alastair Redfern, bishop of the Church of England's diocese of Derby, told Rani's story to the scholars, policy-makers and others gathered at the forum, which was co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarch--the most prominent patriarch of the worlds Orthodox Christians--and the Church of England.

On the last day of the conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarch, signed a joint declaration on modern slavery. They pledged to condemn human enslavement in all its forms, appeal to governments to put strict anti-slavery laws in place, and establish a joint task force that would recommend ways for both churches to collaborate against slavery. …

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