Posts Tagged ‘Slavery’

The searing report linking popular NZ brands to sexual abuse and slavery

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Some of New Zealand’s most popular cosmetic products are linked to severe abuse, sexual assault, and endemic health problems among Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil workers, according to a new investigation by the Associated Press. It’s the follow-up to another investigation in September which revealed that many of the same palm oil plantations made use Read more

Who is St Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling his statues?

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Junipero Serra

As protesters on Friday toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, leaders of another California city had already announced plans to remove a statue of the Catholic saint near their city hall. And by Saturday afternoon another Serra statue was toppled at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles. “Pull Read more

Religious sisters at forefront of fight against human trafficking, slavery

Monday, August 5th, 2019

A worldwide network of 2,000 Catholic religious sisters marked the 10th anniversary of its efforts to combat human trafficking and slavery July 29. Speakers from the Talitha Kum organization headlined a United Nations panel on the eve of the U.N. annual observance of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. “Human trafficking is one of Read more

Expert sees cyberspace full of risk, from addictions to child abuse

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

A leading expert in cyberpsychology describes a digital culture today in which children and pre-teens have virtually unfiltered access to online pornography, and she predicts that one day parents who fail to monitor their children’s online activity may be found guilty of criminal child abuse. “I can see later down the line that parents or Read more

Church work against slavery could have global impact

Monday, August 13th, 2018

The Church should act against slavery wherever it can and not just speak against it, says Sydney’s archbishop Anthony Fisher. Making good his statement, Fisher has publicly committed the Archdiocese of Sydney to a pilot programme aimed at ridding the archdiocese’s services, schools and parishes of slavery-tainted goods and services. The pilot program Fisher is Read more

Christian leaders deplore Biblical defence of immigration policy

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Christian leaders deplore US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s use of the Bible to justify separating illegal immigrant parents from their children when they arrive at the US border. Sessions is quoting St Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 13, saying it is a “clear and wise command …to obey the laws of the government because Read more

Car wash slavery fought with Church’s app

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Car wash slavery is rife in Britain. However a means to combat it may have been developed. A church-led app is targeting “modern slavery” at Britain’s 18,000 hand car washes to protect children and other vulnerable groups by urging users to report suspected cases to authorities. Read more Related Posts:New app from Catholic Church targets Read more

Human trafficking happening in NZ

Monday, April 16th, 2018

At least three investigations probing the scale of human trafficking in New Zealand are underway as examples of restaurant workers being underpaid and sex workers being blackmailed come to light. Continue reading Related Posts:Nuns vow to dismantle human trafficking networksHuman trafficking: One day I received a letter…’Basic racism’: Pacific workers struggle to get…No wriggle-room for Read more

Slavery in Australia: 4,300 people today

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Slavery is alive and well not just in the global economy, but also in Australia. “Most people think human trafficking and slavery a thing of the past that need not concern them. But as we speak, there are 4,300 slaves in Australia and 40.3 million slaves worldwide,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP says. Related Posts:Why New Read more

Human trafficking: Pope calls for everyone’s help

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Human trafficking is a scourge that we all must help combat, Pope Francis says. He is appealing to everyone, including citizens and institutions, to join forces against human trafficking and to help the victims. His plea is echoed by English Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who says churches, governments, police and business leaders must do Read more