Human slavery has been going on for centuries with different people groups lording over other people groups. In the end, the master as well as the slaves, are both slaves; one to power and one to submission. As a matter of fact, aren’t we all slaves to something?
NT points out how John lists all the luxury items of that day that are being sold. At the end of that list is bodies….human lives. As most people know this practice is still going on today, here in the U.S. as well as around the world. Sweat shops, exploitation and those goods produced in other countries have notably been in the news. International domestic and migrant workers have also been referenced as potentially having slave to master relationships, when abuse is taking place. Human sex trafficking is rampant, even in our contemporary world.
Babylon was successful, in part, because they were marketing human souls for money. John makes it very clear that judgment will come to those who engage in these practices. Often when I become indignant that these practices are going on today, l am then reminded that there is nothing new under the sun. Babylon is still just an example of modern day evil reigning and that one day that evil will come to an end.