Labor Trafficking- How the Products you Buy Impact Slavery

Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

Labor trafficking is more prevalent than most people know, and it comes in many forms, including child labor, forced domestic servitude, farm workers coerced through violence to harvest crops, and factory workers held in inhumane conditions with little to no pay.

Everyone can help stop this vicious cycle through awareness, supporting slave free consumer products, and reducing the number of new purchases each one of us makes. Re-purposing old clothing items, donating to and buying clothing from thrift shops, reducing the number of new items you purchase, and buying local or fair trade certified produce are all ways to reduce your slavery footprint.

Enlighten hosted a labor trafficking awareness booth on Ohio State’s campus in October of 2018 to raise awareness about this important issue. We set up a table and talked to over 50 students about human trafficking in supply chains and how their consumer choices can make a difference. We provided an interactive display of common products from companies that are known for having poor reputations for trafficking.

We then provided students with a list of companies with ethical and transparent manufacturing practices such as Lush, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, and Honest tea, and encouraged them to support slave free companies and be more aware of their purchasing habits.

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