What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the systematic deprivation of a person’s liberty for the purpose of personal or commercial exploitation. According to the Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 35.8 million people living in conditions of modern slavery today. Click for more information on modern slavery.

About the Global Freedom Network

Religious faith can be a powerful motivating force inspiring individual and community action both spiritually and practically. Global faith leaders, by their words and deeds, may form the faith-inspired will and effort by men and women to overcome the manmade evil of modern slavery and free its victims from suffering, oppression and degradation.

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The Global Freedom Network is a faith based global network with a vision and purpose to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020 throughout our world and for all time.

We will work together to make ours the last generation that has to fight the trade in human lives.

Modern Slavery is a crime against humanity

Pope Francis

“Modern slavery is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens not only individuals but the basic values of society and of international security and justice, to say nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the family and our coexistence.”

- Pope Francis, 12 December 2013

Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

“The Quran granted humans their freedom to believe or disbelieve.

Islam prohibited the kidnapping of women and children, and as slavery was prevalent in that age, Islam made freeing a slave equal to erasing sins, and made all humans equal in front of Allah, with only knowledge and good deeds to elevate one over another.”

- Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

Archbishop Justin Welby

“Trafficking in human beings is one of the greatest scandals and tragedies of our age. It is intolerable that millions of fellow human beings should be violated in this way, subjected to inhuman exploitation and deprived of their dignity and rights. This outrage should concern each one of us, because what affects one part of humanity affects us all. Virtually every part of this world is touched in some way by the cruelty and violence associated with this criminal activity.”

- Archbishop Justin Welby

Andrew Forrest

“Modern slavery, with our combined efforts, can be defeated within our generation. Today, the economic exploitation of our fellow human beings causes almost 30 million people to be enslaved, more than at any other time in human history. Every day we let this situation continue is an assault on our common humanity.”

- Andrew Forrest

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