Free Trade? Free for whom? Most likely, women in slavery built your smartphone…


From THE DAILY BEAST

Modern human slavery isn’t just about sex trafficking—up to 27 million people are forced into labor in the global economy, from tomatoes to electronics to American military contracting in places like Iraq… the demand for cheap goods in a globalized economy sustains slavery today in fields and farms

When Americans think about human trafficking, they tend to think about sexual slavery. The very real stories of girls sold to brothels or tricked into prostitution by gangsters are great fodder for journalists. They attract the kind of celebrity commitment that puts causes on the map…

The issue certainly deserves our attention—indeed, its horrors can scarcely be overstated. But as the State Department’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons report makes clear, sexual bondage is only a part of a much larger and more insidious evil… Huge parts of the global economy, from tomatoes to electronics to American military contracting, are tied up with forced labor… The likelihood that a smartphone was not touched by a slave is pretty low… Full article here
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