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Child Trafficking: Changing the Odds, Denying the Profits

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Governments, businesses and individuals all have a role to play in ending this practice. Consumers in particular have the power to help combat human slavery through their purchases. When rug buyers demand the GoodWeave label, they send a message to manufacturers that a childhood is more valuable than a carpet, taking away the financial incentive for them to employ kids. Instead of perpetuating trafficking and other forms of slavery, GoodWeave’s industry partners and their rug-buying clients are helping employ adult rug weavers and educate thousands of kids like Sanju–providing a rich return on investment to society.

Momentum in the anti-trafficking movement, which GoodWeave helped pioneer 15 years ago, is growing, from California’s new anti-slavery legislation to Google.org’s first-ever grant portfolio to end modern slavery. And for consumers, there are a growing number of initiatives like Shop to Stop Slavery, Free2Work, The Emancipation Network and the Slavery Footprint to help research the products they are buying and learn about ethical alternatives. Together, we can not only help trafficked girls like Sanju Maya beat the odds, but also change the odds for the better, and for good.

Help honor World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, click here to learn more, or here to read more about Sanju Maya.


[1] Kara, Siddharth. Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia. October 2012. Estimate includes 19.2 million bonded laborers, 3 million trafficked slaves and 8.3 million forced laborers.

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Photo: Sanju Maya (left) at Hamro Ghar with a fellow GoodWeave student, May 2012. Photo by U. Roberto Romano.

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6:06AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

How many of these young people, are working in American owned companies in these countries? We hardly ever hear about them.
Good old out-sourcing, cheap labor, taking away from the people in our own country who need jobs to feed their families, for a higher profit.

1:17AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

thanks for posting.

6:17PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

This is not our problem as we have way enough problems here in the US but as usual we'll stick our nose in it.

4:11PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Another problem - an insidious industry that harms the vulnerable and innocents in our society. And again - we all wonder - how can something like this exist??? Are we really that naive? We point fingers at the traffickers whose only interest in human life is financial - the governments who are obviously not doing enough to stop this cruel business - and wonder about the parents - where are they in all this??? But really - we all know where the problem lies - it is the consumer who purchases these products being made by slaves - the children - - - of course - they’re not “our” kids - but it bothers us anyway - - - but not enough to make us so angry that we actually do something about it - to perhaps even look at “our” role - our responsibility in this “should-not-be-happening” human atrocity. We buy the junk - and the expensive electronic gadgets that are making the exploiters of our youth - rich. And yes - they are “our” kids - we should feel a certain responsibility for all the children of the world - - - but like everything else - unless we are intimately familiar with the problem or people involved - we don’t take things as seriously as we should - it’s just our human nature - - - not really all that different from child pornography - this form of slavery saps the lives of voiceless children - or at least “we” cannot hear them - that is - if we are even listening - - -

3:27PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

We need more articles on this so it gets more attention from people who can stop this and continue to help these children. Thanks for this information and keep it coming.

2:53PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I feel as the truth of this slavery is exposed more and more kids will be saved. One way to stop it is to not buy the things coming from these countries. Just like with puppy mills no one buying they will stop

2:46PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

10:00AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Until a true moral mindset replaces current casualness and disconnectedness nothing will change.

As so appropriately noted, this change involves ALL ... government, businesses, individuals (including consumers). GoodWeave, 15 years qand counting, can't possibly do it alone. Individual energy and choice can and does make a difference. Ready?

8:13AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

THANKS

8:12AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

tragic

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