Stephen Chapman: ‘Slavery is alive in Wales. And there is no silver bullet for it’

when the British £1 island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight.



As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped and cheered.


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I’ve never felt so emotional in all my life,” said Libby Weir-Breen, a British travel operator who has been bringing tourists to the island, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) west of the African nation of Angola, for the last 12 years.


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She had flown in specially from Scotland to be on the plane, and dabbed away tears as it touched down on the spectacular cliff-side runway.


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I never thought I’d see this day,” she said.


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The sky went dark today


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It is only in recent years that awareness of modern slavery has been more in the public eye. Slavery did not end with William Wilberforce. It is probable that slavery exists in every country in the world. A slave is a person who is wholly subject to the will of another and has no freedom of action but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.


The 'owner' may sell and dispose of his person, of his industry and his labour without being able to do anything, have anything or acquire anything except what belongs to the owner.


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