Human Trafficking and Labor: Accessorizing our Lives at the Cost of Others
Brief summary of presentation of information made
The need to understand how labor trafficking is a growing issue that can no longer be ignored and what can be done to tackle the issue. The Fairtrade Foundation presented and spoke of responsible consumers. A lawyer turned jewelry designer/ business woman spoke of making an ethical impact through supporting working situations in India and not only doing good but also making quality products.
Discussions about how being silent is as bad as being involved in trafficking. fighting injustice through pay, working conditions and audits ensuring rights of individuals. New Zealand laws were changed as a result of an exposé from an international journalist. A speaker also highlighted the need for questions within the hotel industry and holding the hotels and businesses accountable for who they employed.
What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?
As The Salvation Army we must be aware of treating our own workers fairly and that sing Fairtrade is a viable and needed option for the individuals who attend our corps and centres and for those employed we must establish fair working conditions as well as pay.