It's going to be a long, busy day, so not a great deal of blogging today. I did want to point out this article about human-trafficking from Change.org that finally gives us an opportunity to make an impact on goods made by the slave trade industry.
There's a long, detailed list that's a little blandly formatted, but it indicates whether goods in a certain country are made with child labor, forced labor, or both.
It's important to keep in mind this doesn't mean all goods from that sector in that country were produced with exploitation. Here are some of the worst offenders for forced labor or slavery specifically:
* Bolivia: nuts, cattle, corn, and sugar
* Burma: bamboo, beans, bricks, jade, nuts, rice rubber, rubies, sesame, shrimp, sugarcane, sunflowers, and teak
* China: artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, garments, footwear, fireworks, nails, and toys
* India: bricks, carpets, cottonseed, textiles, and garments
* Nepal: bricks, carpets, textiles, and stones
* North Korea: bricks, cement, coal, gold, iron, and textiles
* Pakistan: bricks, carpet, coal, cotton, sugar, and wheat
You can read the entire 194 page list at Change.org.
Those of us who are horrified and angry about this human rights issue can now put that energy to good use to have a direct impact to end the abuse.
Please read the labels of your purchases and take five minutes to talk with the store managers about your boycott.
Today, we as consumers are more powerful to end slavery than ever before.
We can make this happen. "Just say no" to slave-trade goods and let your voices be heard.