April 22nd, 2011
04:12 PM ET

How to help: Businesses and consumers

Slavery is everybody’s business. Its reach is vast — so vast that it affects each and every one of us in some way. Slavery can be found in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, across the world and in our very own backyard. But we all have the power to push back.

Recently, CNN has explored what businesses and consumers can do to promote ethical production and consumption.

David Arkless, the CEO of ManpowerGroup and Chris Davis, the campaign director for The Body Shop shared their businesses best practices. ManpowerGroup was one of the first companies to commit to the fight against human trafficking and now The Body Shop is heading a global petition against child sex trafficking.

Meanwhile, GoodWeave works to end child labor in the carpet industry. Carpets bearing the GoodWeave label are certified slave and child labor free. No Chains is a collaborative effort between a garment factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and one in Bangkok, Thailand. These factories are worker-operated, ensuring safe and fair working conditions.

The following charities are working in Argentina and Thailand to provide help for those who are not as fortunate as the employees of No Chains. In Argentina, victims of human trafficking are provided assistance by Maria de los Angeles Foundation as well as La Casa del Encuentro , and in Thailand, DEPDC .

Explore even more ways to help with The CNN Freedom Project

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  1. nur amabo nur

    It is so very easy to stop the global slavery problem. LOOK at what you buy- almost every product (especially clothing) that is manufactured in third world or communist countries is made by slaves. Bangladesh for example exports 10 billion a year in clothing while the workers get a mere $45 per month in pay. Boycott Walmart ! Why was this bad for Kathy Lee but it's ok for levi strauss ? If you don't buy american products whenever possible you are enabling the slave masters.

    April 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  2. Bornita

    Buy Fair Trade.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:27 am | Reply
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  3. Charles Fletcher

    Nothing first of all Jesus could not save himself let alone anybody and or anything period and if he had not been nailed to the so called cross he would have cut the ropes that held him leave Jesus out of all this the bottom line is that all Governments are acting like children fighting amongst them selves therefore not doing the job that we the American people pay them to do and until they realizes there down fall we as a Nation better tighten our seat belts and hold on because we are on a downhill ride for a very long time.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
  4. harleen

    I was wearing an Indian outfit when a lady pointed out that the embroidery done on it was by hand. I was quite impressed but guess whose hands? small children locked up in factories. Consumer awareness needs to be on high alert wherever possible, we need to stop this trade. These children need education not dedication of slavery to others.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  5. Cindy Zimmerman

    Its wrong for adults & twice that for children. let them grow up & be children first. this is so haneous i cant even think straight!! how cruel! isnt it time obama broaden his spectrum & get involved here too? he as others to aid him & give him direction. truly its time.

    April 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  6. Terry Waits

    My question is when will we be reimbursed for the two wars? President Bush said that the Iraq would pay is back for rebuilding their country! That money could be applied to the national debt.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
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    April 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  8. Worked in Asia

    We should put public pressure on the companies in Asia whose business customs include freely handing out gifts of sexual services to their business guests. Of course, the receiving party's employers deserve public scrutiny as well, especially since a very large number of them are American and European companies.

    Many of the sexual providers involved are young girls (and boys) and because many of these Asian companies are doing so well financially, the sex traffickers they depend on can expect a very steady, and growing, source of demand.

    May 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  9. Adegoke Sunday

    i want to reallly appreciate the effort of CNN inits bid to stop modern day slavery.I want to bring to the fore front the situation in the gulf states of Qatar where modern day slavery thrives like no man's business.Cheap labor are sourced fr.om the asia countries like Bangladesh,Nepal ,parkistan,india,sri lanka etc and they are meant to work for 10 hrs a day and paid 28QR /day.The situation as become appaling as most skilled migrants from Africa cannot get jobs in that country and are still being held against their wish to return home by unchecked retrogressive immigration lawof the country

    May 5, 2011 at 6:31 am | Reply
  10. ProjectCSR

    This blog seemed a bit light. I wrote a longer piece on helping businesses to help businesses avoid trafficking: http://projectcsr.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/how-to-prevent-human-trafficking-in-your-business/

    And what we can do as consumers: http://projectcsr.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/stop-slavery-what-can-i-do/

    May 6, 2011 at 1:13 am | Reply
  11. dany

    Dear CNN MEDIA it is very good you start after all this bloody years of women abuses pass but still a lot more have to be done! if you want help. Help those human right activiest suffer a lot alone! for example in yemen there is alot of ngo and illegal agents working on human trafficking! they are recruting 13 14 15 17 years old girls from ethiopia and abuse them in yemen some for rich saudi fammlies only for sexual interset! .even in U.N.H.C.R YEMEN alone. A LOT OF REFUGEE RECRUITED FOR SEXUAL WORK BY THE LOCAL STAF MEMBERSE AND by unhcr vice representative.(citizen jordan) by promising falsly to resetel that woman USA or CANADA! a lot of iraqi,ethiopian and somalian women recruted by same person! he gave them choice if they want to be in amarica or canada they must sleep with him! who can accuse this unhcr vice repersentative? if you need eveidence or helping those migrant and refugee girlse! you can contact somebody his name is kirubel lemma he is hero and sraggling to free women in arab county! his contact is kirubelbelete@yahoo.com and you can go to google and search him by his name he has alot of evidences of sexual assult of migrants of horn of african women abuse and iraqi women storyeven alot of news papers write about him ! I COPIED AND POSTED SOME OF HIS ARTICLES WROTE IN THE PAST.
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    Kirubel Belete Lemma, an Ethiopian man who is the project coordinator for the project of the United for the Improvement of Domestic Works, has reported receiving persistent threats from anonymous people demanding that he stop his work. The threats began one month ago, and continue to this day, said Lemma. “I have received phone calls from unknown people that advise me to stop working in these issues,” said Lemma. Lemma is working to defend the rights of domestic female workers of all nationalities. Many mysterious people have also come to his house to ask his guard about him, and then left.

    “A female secretary working with those illegal agents has warned me that those illegal agents are angry,” he said. By illegal agents, he is referring to the men who bring immigrants to Yemen, promising them good jobs. Then, when the workers get here, they don’t get the jobs or salaries they are promised, and their passports are often confiscated. Lemma said that he reported the threats to the police. Lemma suspects that the threats against him are being made by the illegal agents.

    “They are big like a mafia; they make lots of money out of this work,” he said. There were some people wearing clothing like that of officers, who asked him to go with them.
    “They did not show me their police IDs, and they told me when I refused to go that they know where I am.” Lemma also received many different phone calls from unknown people who told him to stop the working for the foreign maids. The police could not be reached for comment. The domestic workers, most of whom are Ethiopian, are used by the illegal agents who are not recognized by either the embassy or the government.

    They said to the maids and to their families that they will be receiving such a good salary and home, he said. “But as they got to the airport, they took their passport and they forced them to do more than their works. There are some who work even after the midnight,” Lemma said. Also, many of them were not able to speak because of fear that they will have trouble because their visas are expired.

    “Just few days ago, a maid complained that there is a man who wanted to have a sex with her. I went to the lawyer but she begged me not go to court because her visa is expired. But I fix her visa and now she is working in another place,” Lemma said. “Human rights are more important than the issues of residency.” Lemma has no official office to cope with the great amount of complaints that he receives everyday. “I hope that I can receive more support to continue this project,” he said. His project is funded by United Nations Development Fund for Women.

    “We have a room to host some of those girls who escape their agents. But this is not enough. This has to be institutionalized,” said Danae Issa, Lemma’s wife, and a volunteer in the project. The Yemeni government has an interest in helping those girls. “Yemen is now in need of maids, and also Yemen is against those illegal agents,” said Issa. The International Labor Organization has supported the project.

    “I hope that through the ILO we could have a corporation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs,” she said. UNIDOM has published a guidebook for the domestic workers in Yemen called WAKE UP! The book addresses the important issues that domestic workers are concerned with—knowing the sensitive points for the country, knowing their rights, knowing how to protect their health and what are the possible contacts for them in case of emergency. This book is now in English and in Arabic and it will be translated into the Amharic language soon.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  12. Go Show

    Dear CNN Media,

    Please look into Singapore and Malaysia its domestic worker business. Most of these women are 14-20 year old Indonesian that paid very low, provided with minimal facilities to barely live and mental restrictions (such as from religious activities). From the start of the process, recruitment and how they ended up being treated at their employer houses.
    Of courses there are good employers, and unfortunately more bad ones. I was hoping that any of the news media can come up with this propaganda, and maid situation in singapore and malaysia can be brought under the microscope. To free these women, or at least provide them with better life.

    May 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
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