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Apostleship of the Sea leads action against slavery at sea October 09,2017   |  Source: AoS

'Slavery is not yet ended', said Archbishop Sanchez Sorondo of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences Slavery at the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in Taiwan.

The Congress titled, 'Caught in the Net', focused specifically on the welfare and lives of fishermen around the world.

Cardinal Turkson, who heads the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in which AoS sits in the Vatican noted that this aspect of AoS's work is directed to nearly 38 million people engaged in fishing, where abuse can often go unseen out at sea, AoS's work with fishermen is a vital part of the Church's work of evangelisation, he noted.

A paper by Cristina De Castro, from AoS in Vigo, Spain, noted the profound ramifications that slavery and forced labour in the fishing industry have for the wives and children of those working at sea.

Cardinal Bo of Myanmar observed that "A culture of indifference prevents us from seeing sea slaves and fishermen who are modern day refugees living and working in lawless seas". The globlisation of indifference must be a challenge to the Christian life, he said.

Amongst the experts who addressed the Congress was Sebastian Matthew from The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, who explained that


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