Written by John Roach for National Geographic (from 3/16/09): “On St. Patrick’s Day—Tuesday, March 17—millions of people will don green and celebrate the Irish in, and around, them with parades, good cheer, and perhaps a pint of beer. But few St. Patrick’s Day revelers have a clue about St. Patrick, the man…” For the rest … More Celebrating St. Patrick: From Slave to Saint
Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a groundbreaking $25 million award to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery for transformational programs around the world to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery – also known as human trafficking. We would like … More U.S. State Department Starts $25M Global Fund To End Modern Slavery
Originally posted by Ian Urbina on NYTIMES.com on July 27, 2015— “Lang Long’s ordeal began in the back of a truck. After watching his younger siblings go hungry because their family’s rice patch in Cambodia could not provide for everyone, he accepted a trafficker’s offer to travel across the Thai border for a construction job. … More ‘SEA SLAVES’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets & Livestock
Originally posted by BBC News on July 21, 2015— “North Korea says it is facing its worst drought in a century and the United Nations has warned of the danger of mass starvation. One of the few sources of badly-needed cash, is to supply overseas labour, so President Kim Jong-un has expanded the number of … More Russia Using North Korean ‘Slave Labour’, Say Human Rights Groups
Originally posted on April 14, 2015 by Katie Metzger for GodSpace— “Look at the clothes you are wearing right now… Would you believe that 80-90% of what you are wearing was made in inhumane, unsustainable conditions? Well, the sad fact is, this is most often the case. Sweatshops are not a thing of the past. Buying … More Fashion and Ethics: Why Should I Care and What Can I Do?
Originally posted by Alberto Arce for TheState.com on December 23, 2014— “Roberto Castellanos has the hands of a construction worker and the homework of a 6th grader. Roberto, who just turned 12, spends eight hours a day at a repair shop, sanding and painting ice cream carts for the daily pay of $2.50 in Honduran … More Poverty, Violence Push Honduran Children to Work
By BEN ELLERY AND NICK CRAVEN FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY on November 8, 2014— “The women paid 62p an hour in Mauritius making £45 ‘feminist’ T-shirts earn less than the ‘living wage’ set by the government of the Indian Ocean island. After our revelations last week about the ‘sweatshop’ conditions endured by workers producing the … More Women in Mauritius Making ‘Geminist’ T-shirts Earning Less than the ‘Living Wage’ Set by the Government