St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Sunday Gospel

Anti-Slavery Day

Date: Oct 18, 2018 00:00:00

Which century do we live in?  (51 seconds)

In the UK in 2017, the government didn’t really know how many people were working as slaves but they made an estimate that it was in the tens of thousands of people!  That’s just too many!  One is too many!

Despite this estimate, only 5,000 (including 2,000 children) were referred to the police as potential victims of slavery.


So why don’t the people who are enslaved go to the police?

  • They might be so young and frightened that they don’t know what to do or where to go;
  • They might be held in secure places where they are heavily supervised and have no chance to escape;
  • They might be afraid of the ‘owners’ hurting them or their families if they found out;
  • They might not speak English and feel they can’t communicate;
  • They might feel that they might be arrested for being here;
  • They might simply have lost confidence in themselves because of the abuse and exploitation and feel powerless.


For the 40 million slaves in our world – it seems hopeless!
For us it seems awful and it may seem like we can’t do anything about it!
But what can we do?
  • We can be more aware – watch the news and listen out for stories about this
  • Encourage our families to buy Fairtrade stuff where we can
  • Raise money for organisations like Anti-Slavery International
  • Sign petitions – check out the Chaplaincy Make A Difference tab
  • Pray
And today, we invite you to pray:
For all who are enslaved and exploited;
For all who are working to help them;
For governments to pass laws which protect the vulnerable.
We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN