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Slave Labor

Let's Confine Slavery to the History Books

Monique Villa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Monique Villa

I am convinced that big corporations are the key players in the fight against slavery. Today, if you compare state GDP to net profits, global corporations are bigger and more powerful than many nation states. They certainly have the ability to implement changes in their production chains very quickly if needed.

Fighting Slave Labor in Brazil

Caio Magri | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Caio Magri

Slave labor is the most serious form of exploitation, and it is not only a threat against the fundamental principles and rights at work, but also confronts the most basic human rights.

Supporting Former Slave Laborers in Building New Lives

Pranitha Timothy | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Pranitha Timothy

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIt's a powerful thing to watch a child, man or woman walk free from the rice mill, factory or brick kiln where he or she was enslaved.

India Must Ban Child Labor

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

Pressure is mounting on the Indian Parliament to end child labor after 150,000 Indians signed an abolition petition demanding an immediate change in the child labor laws.

Siri, Do You Use Slaves?

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 12.21.2012 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

The corporate sector holds prevention in their hands, touching the livelihoods and freedom of millions worldwide. I no longer see products on shelves; I see the many hands that touched them and wonder.

GRAPHIC: What's Made Using Child Or Slave Labor?

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

It's hard to believe, but true: Still today, many everyday products from around the globe are the result of child and slave labor, according to a 2011...

U.S. To Investigate 'Slave-Like Conditions' In Sugar Industry

AP | EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The U.S. government is looking into allegations that Dominican sugar growers use child labor and keep workers in ...

Spread of HIV Linked to Fishery Collapse: Is Fair Trade Fish an Answer?

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Importantly, the overfishing crisis is not just about food. It is, perhaps surprisingly, about HIV/AIDS.

Domestic Slave Worked 17 Years Without Pay

Posted 03.26.2012 | World

A Sri Lankan woman who worked as a domestic servant for a Saudi Arabian family for 17 years without pay has received $19,000 in compensation for her l...

Do The Kardashians Use Slave Labor To Produce Their Clothing Line? | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact

The leader of the human rights group quoted in a story implying the Kardashians use "slave labor" to manufacture their clothes and shoes says the stor...

Are Chipotle And Trader Joe's Really Selling Food With "Integrity?"

Daniel Klein | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Daniel Klein

Taco Bell has agreed to join the plight for farm workers, as have 9 other major corporations including McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, and Whole Foods. But guess who wont: Chipotle and Trader Joe's.

State Budget Battles Converge on Prison Labor Force

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Prison isn't just about doing hard time. For many, it's about working full-time, too. These days, state governments seem ready to squeeze their captive workforces to plug budget gaps on the cheap.

More Businesses, Consumers Work To Stem Human Trafficking

Mickey Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mickey Goodman

Companies are not powerless bystanders. Businesses play a crucial role in ensuring slave labor doesn't infect the products we buy. But it can be an uphill battle.

Valentine's Chocolate Please, Hold the Child Labor

Regina Varolli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Regina Varolli

The worst forms of child labor, even children that have been trafficked into slavery, are prevalent in the growing and harvesting of cacao in West Africa.

Wal-Mart Whitewashing

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

We have a tendency to want to ignore inconvenient facts, either explicitly or because we are encouraged to look quite narrowly and myopically at a problem. Which brings me to Wal-Mart.

The Dark Side of WikiLeaks

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Carnell

Unless you're plugged into international news organizations, you wouldn't know that many of the WikiLeaks cables delve into African issues. The responsible mouthpieces have been silent.

A Program in Ghana Works to End Slavery in Mining Industry

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Free The Slaves

A project, titled Community Resistance to Slavery and Forced Labor (CRSFL), helps vulnerable communities organize and create community-based action plans to eradicate slavery.

PHOTOS: 13 Products Most Likely To Be Made By Child Or Forced Labor

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some of our most basic purchases are produced by children. Though hard data is scant, it's estimated that there are 115 million children worldwide in ...

State Department's Report On Modern Day Slavery Omits Cases Of Foreign Diplomats In Washington

Time | E. Benjamin Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Washington on Monday morning, June 14, Hillary Clinton unveiled the State Department's 10th annual report on modern-day slavery, which evaluates th...

Buying Chocolate for Valentine's Day? Think Twice!!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lennard Davis

More than half the world's chocolate comes from child laborers in the Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Of Human Bondage: Slavery Bigger Than Ever in America

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The modern day slave trade nearly equals the illicit drug and arms sale trade. Captives work in plants, factories, farms, hotels and restaurants and in prostitution and sex rings.

President Obama Should See Child Slavery In Ghana

Pam Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pam Cope

Next month, President Obama will make his first presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa, traveling to Ghana -- a place where he can see first-hand the problem of child trafficking that now confronts so much of the world.

How To Spot A Lame, Lame Argument

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The world is not divided into a Block of Light, and a Block of Darkness; you don't have to pick a tribe and defend its every action. Say it slowly: there can be more than one bad thing in the world.