Demand for products and services that involve people in slavery is global. It is not ‘happening in another country.’
WE SUSTAIN THE DEMAND FOR SLAVE MADE PRODUCTS.
SPEAK UP. Demand ethically sourced goods and services.
Enslaved people may have made the carpet in your home.
Enslaved people may be domestic workers in your city.
Enslaved people may have been working on the cocoa plantation that sourced the chocolate cookie you just ate.
Enslaved people may have mined the beautiful diamond ring you are wearing.
Enslaved people probably mined the minerals in your mobile phone.
Enslaved people also probably mined the mica in your sparkly eye-make or sparkly paint on your car.
Enslaved people may have been used to fish the shrimp on your plate.
Enslaved people may be the young men and women who look like consenting ‘prostitutes’ you saw downtown.
Enslaved people may have been used in the child sexual abuse material (so-called child ‘pornography’) that a neighbour or a work colleague is viewing on-line as you read this.
This is a challenging image to look at. But it is reality. And please remember child commercial sexual exploitation is both male and female. If you are a teacher, the young teenager in your class during the day might be raped to make pimps and traffickers money that same night.
PLAYGROUND by Libby Spears is a feature-length documentary about the commercial sexual exploitation of American Children throughout North America.
DEMAND for electonic devices and mobile phones that contain minerals that slaves have sourced.
The Documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.
NEPALI SLAVES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Pete Pattison investigates the trafficking of people escaping poverty and conflict in Nepal. Unscrupulous agents take huge sums of money from them for work abroad then consign them to slavery and appalling conditions in the Middle East. Many are abused by their employers and some are killed at the hands of agents.
SLAVERY: A GLOBAL INVESTIGATION
Slavery is officially banned internationally by all countries, yet despite this, in the world today there are more slaves now than ever before. In the 400 years of the slave trade, around 13 million people were shipped from Africa. Multi-Award winning documentary makers Kate Blewett and Brian Woods saw this terrible exploitation with their own eyes. The result is an utterly devastating film.