What Industries Does Trafficking Affect?
Trafficking happens in:
- • agriculture
• food processing
• garments and textiles
• catering and restaurants
• domestic work
• the sex industry
Victims of human trafficking harvest grain, work in packaging plants, and supply labor for building projects in hopes of providing for their families. They weave carpets, wait tables, staff kitchens, and clean homes and hotels in fear of deportation. They sing in bars, film porn movies, and sell their bodies to keep pimps from beating them.
The prevalence of trafficking in supply chains makes it imperative that consumers think about the ethics of their spending. You can look for fair trade labels or other certifications (like Rainforest Alliance) that help make sure slaves haven’t been involved in making a product. Free2Work is also a great resource. It grades companies on their compliance with slave-free standards. (Plus, they have an app for on-the-go ethical shopping.)
There are a growing number of advocates in these industries who are standing up for ethical treatment of workers. As a consumer, you have the power to encourage businesses to eradicate human trafficking. Neil Kearney, former President of the International Garment and Leather Workers Federation, states it this way: “If a business cannot afford to be ethical, then they cannot afford to be in business.” Consumers can help make this a reality