Products of Slavery and Slave Labor | Freedom United

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  • Slavery has been linked to the supply chains of many everyday products and commodities, including shoes, electronics, cocoa, and cotton.
  • Nestle, Mars and Hershey all source cocoa from West Africa, where cases of child labour and forced labour have been discovered, and still persist.
  • Modern slavery is connected to crisps, ice cream and lipstick through palm oil. The palm oil industry employs 3.5 million people. Many are promised high-paying work in another country, only to suffer conditions of forced labour upon arrival.
  • Cotton is in 40% of all textiles, and is known to have people enslaved at every stage of the industry, from germination, harvesting, spinning, to manufacturing the clothes.
  • It would cost consumers as little as 1.8% more per item to double the pay of a sweat shop worker. A study showed that consumers would be willing to pay up to 15% more for slavery-free clothing.
  • As many as one in three foreign workers in Malaysia’s electronics sector may be working under conditions of forced labour.
  • Coltan and other “conflict minerals” present in electronics devices often come from forced labour in illegal mining whose profits support armed forces.
  • Forced labour is big business, with profits estimated at $150 billion, or around £125 billion.
  • Some countries have been making efforts to force companies to take steps to ensure their supply chains are slavery-free, including Brazil’ has a “Dirty List,” the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and the U.S. Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.

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Catherine Crouse
Catherine Crouse
9 months ago

Yes I believe the clothing industry is doing this. Some of the products they make have such high quality stitchery that I cannot believe my eyes! When I was working in Canada in the clothing industry we got this skid, and it had this big deformity on it that was about 2 feet long and about 1 foot in width and about 4-6 inches high and it was on the bottom of the skid. It reminded me of Ebola! Oi! CAT

Sophia
Sophia
1 month ago

Even construction companies should also be eyed so that this will end and let everyone live in harmony

Aniya
Aniya
25 days ago
Reply to  Sophia

Hi
This is so bad. People should know better. Also look at the human rights, no one can make you work for them unless for a good reason.

mason
3 months ago

Hi peeps I agree and thanks for this helpful info.

Last edited 3 months ago by mason