Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Following is information about human trafficking and slave labor. With adjustments of spacing, you can make a two column, back-to-back, portrait-style document. 

Prepare a Word document in two columns; copy that document on a second sheet; then feed both sheets through a two-sided process. If your copier doesn't copy back-to-back in one step, copy one side, then put those sheets back into the tray and copy on the back. (Sorry: can give no help regarding which side up!) I distributed the information to my Unit and to others who happened through the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour.


To find out how many slaves work for you, go to http://slaveryfootprint.org.
(59 work for me!)

To help stop slavery and human trafficking, consider these options:
*Begin buying Fair Trade products 
a.     www.equalexchange.coop: coffee and chocolate
b.     www.tenthousandvillages.com: jewelry, scarves, bags
c.      Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods: coffee and chocolate
d.     http://fairtradeusa.org/products-partners: for a list of fair of trade products and companies
e.      www.wfto.com: World Trade Organization. (World Fair Trade Day was May 10, 2014.)
*Avoid “big box” stores.
*Look for the Fair Trade logo on items that you buy. (You can find pictures of the several logos online.)

Slave Labor
and Human Trafficking

Many Pakistani boys are signed away to bonded labor at the age of 13. The contracts last until they are 30.
In 2007, Save the Children reported that 250,000 children live and work in Pakistani brick kilns in complete social isolation.
More than 200,000 children are forced to work in India's carpet belt of Uttar Pradesh.
Laborers in much of Southeast Asia’s shrimp industry work up to 20-hour days to peel 40 pounds of shrimp. Those who attempt to escape are under constant threat of violence or sexual assault. They supply most of our shrimp.
Every day tens of thousands of American women buy makeup. Every day tens of thousands of Indian children mine mica, which is the little sparkles in the makeup.
The likelihood that any smart phone was not touched by a slave is pretty low.
In China, soccer ball manufacturing workers will work up to 21 hours in a day, for a month straight.
1.4 million children have been forced to work in Uzbek cotton fields.

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