Slavery, in the form most of us would recognise it, still exists and quite clearly those who benefit from it welcome it. Variants too exist little different, such as those tragically trafficked for prostituation. This is a big problem internationally. Then there is the form found in Bangladesh and elsewhere were consumer goods are produced by folks locked in sweat shops and paid a pittance. We buy those goods from stores and brands that are household names. Other forms include what amount to house slaves, suffering physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The perpetrators include - on the basis of cases that have been exposed - diplomats, professionals and middle earners. A further case here involved Irish travellers who held vulnerable hostage and forced them to work and live in appalling conditions.
Getting to know about it is the easy bit. Not playing a part in this evil is truly the difficult bit. Anyone who carries some public weight and speaks out against modern day slavery is to be welcomed, and that must include the Roman Pope, Shirley?