Generation Alive > Programs > Defend Free > Fight Slavery Resources Fight Slavery Resources Slavery is still happening today! International Facts The majority of trafficking victims are between 18 and 24 years of age An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year 95% of victims experienced physical or sexual violence during trafficking (based on data from selected European countries) 43% of victims are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 98 per cent are women and girls 32% of victims are used for forced economic exploitation, of whom 56 per cent are women and girls Many trafficking victims have at least middle-level education
World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of these children. 2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid - Gates Foundation More and more, technology will help in the fight against corruption. The Internet is making it easier for citizens to know what their government should be delivering—like how much money their health clinic should get—so they can hold officials accountable. As public knowledge goes up, corruption goes down, and more money goes where it’s supposed to. Aid Dependence Another argument from critics is that aid holds back normal economic development, keeping countries dependent on generosity from outsiders. This argument makes several mistakes.
Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find In "Chocolate's Child Slaves," CNN's David McKenzie travels into the heart of the Ivory Coast to investigate children working in the cocoa fields. (More information and air times on CNN International.) By David McKenzie and Brent Swails, CNN Daloa, Ivory Coast (CNN) - Chocolate’s billion-dollar industry starts with workers like Abdul. good guide The GoodGuide mobile app makes it fast and easy to find safe, healthy, green, and ethical products, instantly delivering the information you need, when you need it most — in a store and on the go. Comprehensive: Find health, environmental, and social performance ratings for over 120,000 food, personal care, and household products — from baby shampoo to bathroom cleaner.Quick, and Easy: Barcode scanning makes it easier than ever to retrieve product ratings and information on your phone while you shop. Or browse and look up products with just a few taps.Personalized: Select the issues you care about most to see how products perform on your preferences. Get customized product recommendations. Create your own personal shopping lists.
Beyond the Talking Points: The Current Refugee Crisis Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to be the judge of a high school debate competition. Not surprisingly one of the debate topics centered around “the current refugee crisis.” Unfortunately I only got to listen to one such debate. Those arguing in favor of accepting refugees did an okay job at listing out several economists, historians and anthropologists who all argue that accepting refugees will most likely improve a country’s living standards over a long term period of time (up to 1oo years!). How pity does not remedy child labour – Andy Mulligan With the World Day Against Child Labour celebrated every June, here is Andy Mulligan with his take on how sparing ‘small change’ as contribution to larger issues does not help… In every school I’ve ever worked in, we’ve had to do something about Child Labour, and the thing I find hardest and most dishonest is dishing out the tear-jerking leaflets showing kids in carpet-factories, slaughter-houses, football-stitching workshops, road-gangs, sugar-cane fields and on and on – or those hysterical bulletins that accompanied the Commonwealth Games. Photographs of frail bodies, and well-meaning text reminding us that every child has the right to an education – which is undoubtedly true, but it’s rather like saying ‘war should be stopped’, or ‘pollution is a very bad thing’. All such sentiments produce is a lot of earnest head-nodding, followed by a fund-raising cake-sale or – in my school the other day – a ‘mufti-day for the poor’. There’s a bad taste in my mouth, just talking about it.
Child Labor in U.S. History - The Child Labor Education Project Breaker Boys Hughestown Borough Pa. Coal Co. Pittston, Pa. Photo: Lewis Hine