If you are an American “consumer” you probably thought slavery was dead, right? Wrong. It’s alive and well, only Americans never hear about it. It’s a big secret because if Americans ever found out where their purchases came from, the corporations would lose some of their obscene profits. The truth about many things we buy and use or eat is that they are produced by modern slavery. If you care about the suffering of others it’s time to get the word out. It’s time to demand that these multinational corporations end their criminal slavery because the real meaning of “free” trade is FREE LABOR FOR THE CORPORATE MASTERS.
Here are some examples:
Most electronics devices contain minerals that originate in the mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, often called “conflict minerals.” And as you read this, men, women and children are being threatened with force – often at gunpoint –to work in Congolese mines where conflict minerals for our electronics devices come from.
Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery.’ Countless workers held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay. Publix Super Markets, which prides itself on making Fortune’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list, continues to refuse to give up the slavery in the tomatoes it sells.
In the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast, child slavery is ‘normal.’ It’s routine. It’s accepted. Children as young as 7 are sold – deprived of their childhood, ripped from their families, and subjected to routine abuse – to work long, backbreaking days picking cocoa. And it all stems from our love of chocolate. Warner Bros. refused to respond to demands to end its use of slavery to profit from Harry Potter product spin-offs.
Target Corporation (Target) often offers prices that seem too good to be true – how do they keep their prices so low? Turns out some of Target’s products might be so cheap because they are made with slave-picked cotton from Uzbekistan and/or purchased from Daewoo International, a company that accounts for approximately 20% of all cotton processed in Uzbekistan.
Every day, millions of children in India wake up with nothing to look forward to except hours of back-breaking labour working everywhere from stone quarries to carpet factories to rice mills. Children as young as 5 years-old are kept from school, forced to work 7 days a week for up to 18 hours a day and end up with crippling injuries, respiratory disorders and chronic pain.