modern slavery

New Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Forced Labor From Cotton Production

Photo by Lionel Abrial/Unsplash Think “forced labor” and the image of a bleary-eyed worker, hunched over a sewing machine in a crowded factory, stitching clothing for…

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Cotton Slavery in Uzbekistan, Explained in Two Minutes

Last week in Uzbekistan, hundreds of thousands of people, including children, were forced from their jobs and schools and into the cotton fields, where they’ll spend the next few…

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U.K. Modern Slavery Act Will Hold Businesses Accountable

Photo by Shutterstock British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to crack down on the “abhorrent trade” of human trafficking. Elaborating on the 2015 Modern Slavery Act,…

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These "High Fashion" Ads Contain a Grim Message About Child Labor

HIDDEN MESSAGE On Facebook, the São Paulo agency says the project’s intent isn’t to criticize the fashion industry, but to “draw the attention of the people for a…

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Even Hipsters Employ an Average of 27 Slaves Every Day

Photo by Shutterstock Even the most conscious try-hards among us have a hard time avoiding forced labor in our daily transactions. In fact, the average “hipster” can employ…

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Cotton Tops List of Industries Most Likely to Abuse Child Labor

Photo by Shutterstock Textiles from Cambodia, garments from Bangladesh, and cotton from India share at least one thing in common: they’ve all been cited by the U.S. Department of…

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Are Cambodia's Sex Workers Being Forced Into the Garment Trade?

Is Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign forcing sex workers into an even worse trade? A video exposé from Vice News claims that Cambodian authorities are…

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"FRDM" Software Helps Businesses Tackle Slavery In Their Supply Chains

The same organization that measured your “slavery footprint” wants to help businesses eliminate forced and child labor from their supply chains. Made in a Free World,…

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Orange Harp Brings Conscious Consumption to Your iPhone, iPad

Shopping for consciously-made products can be a difficult task. Orange Harp is a new iOS app that makes ethical shopping a bit easier. Created by two women, programmer Anbu…

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Primark Shopper Finds Worker's "Cry From Help" Sewn Into Dress

A Primark shopper got more than she bargained after discovering a “cry for help” sewn into the lining of her cut-price dress. Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea, Wales, was…

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Find Out How Your Favorite Brands "MeasureUp" With This Online Tool

Does Topshop pay its workers enough to live on? Which is more ethical: Adidas or Nike? How often does Patagonia audit its factories? For answers, head to MeasureUp, a not-for-profit…

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Woman Finds Plea for Help From "Chinese Prison Slave" in Saks Bag

One Saks Fifth Avenue shopper got more than she bargained for, when a hand written note fell out of her shopping bag. The note was written in 2012 by Tohnain Emmanuel Njong, a prisoner…

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"Avoid" Browser Plugin Blocks Out Clothing Made by Child Laborers

Photo by Claudine Van Massenhove/Shutterstock If there’s one thing you don’t want weighing down your online shopping cart, it’s the more than 73 million child laborers…

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AllSaints, Urban Outfitters Fail to Address Forced Labor in Cotton Sourcing

Photo by Shutterstock Avoiding clothing associated with the exploitation of humans? You might want to give AllSaints, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 a wide berth. The high-street…

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Over 29 Million People Enslaved, Says World's First Global Slavery Index

More than 29 million people across the globe live in conditions of modern-day slavery, according to the first index to quantify the scale of forced labor on a country-by-country basis.…

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90 Percent of Australia's Fashion Retailers Are Profiting From Child Labor

Photo by Lizette Potgieter/Shutterstock The first Australian Fashion Report was launched this week by Baptist World Aid in order to assess the practices of 40 companies owning 128…

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Zara Faces Slave-Labor Allegations...Again

Zara is under investigation by Argentinian authorities over its alleged use of slave labor. The South American nation’s Government Control Agency raided a series of factories…

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H&M Sourcing Child-Picked Uzbek Cotton, Claims Anti-Slavery Group

H&M may have pledged not to “knowingly” use Uzbek cotton in its clothes, but labor-rights campaigners say the Swedish apparel giant isn’t doing enough to support…

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