Last week I had the privilege of going to the Vatican on invite from the Archbishop of Canterbury and Walk Free Foundation. Members of the Global Freedom Network were in Rome discussing the global injustice of human trafficking and modern-slavery.
Through this trip I was able to become briefed on the concepts and ideas of the Global Freedom Network and see the goals they have in ending human-trafficking and modern slavery. It felt promising to be amongst like-minded individuals who are major faith leaders that can make a profound impact on creating awareness about modern slavery.
Through these meetings we were able to express our ideas, stories, and goals to ending human trafficking. I was privileged to be able to tell my own story at the meeting and the current conditions of child labour on Lake Volta in Ghana. Having a personal story allowed for the situation of child labour and modern slavery to become more of a reality and increase the urgency to act now.
Not only was I able to have a one on one meeting with Archbishop Welby, I was able to witness him address human trafficking for the first time in his sermon, along with a commitment to the movement of ending this social injustice. A profound moment in the fight against modern-slavery
These meetings have allowed for our plea to the Ghana Christian Council (GCC) to commit to enforcing their pastors and ministers to take just three minutes out of their sermon to speak out against child-trafficking to Lake Volta and the current child labour issues in Ghana to be heard. I was also fortunate to speak with Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast, who ensured he would also reach out to the GCC and other major faith organizations in Ghana.