Is your life worth $90.00?

HELEN LI

November 4, 2015

What could you buy with $90.00? You could perhaps have a dinner at a fancy restaurant with some friends or go shopping for new clothes. $90.00 could buy you that new edition of Call of Duty, or pay for three or four astonishing books you’ve always wanted. But would you pay $90.00 for someone’s life?

On average, the cost of a slave is $90.00. Globally, there are about 20 to 30 million human slaves today, with about 60% of them being women. Human trafficking is the act of the transportation/recruitment of people via coercion or kidnapping. Victims can be exploited for prostitution, forced labour, slavery, or even the extraction of their organs. The most prevalent reason for human trafficking is sexual exploitation, accounting for around 79% of all cases worldwide in 2006.

Human trafficking is a particularly problematic social issue. The human race has made a great deal of progress in the last 10 years with increased general knowledge, new laws passed, and organizations spreading awareness of trafficking. Slavery and trafficking, however, still occur today in the modern world. Many large corporation are suspected of having used slave labour somewhere in their supply chains. One example, according to Reuters, is Nestle as since August 2015, lawsuits have been filed against it, with accusations that the company is “importing fish-based petfood from a Thai supplier using slave labour, and importing cocoa beans from suppliers who use child labour, including children trafficked to work on farms, in Ivory Coast”.

In order to stop this issue from continuing, it is imperative that we inform ourselves and create more awareness for others. For any products such as tea, apparel, rice, electronics, or cigarettes, it is possible that they were made by slaves on the other side of the world. One way to stop supporting human traffickers is to become aware of the companies that are reliant on slave labour and by refusing to shop there. Significant companies doing outstanding work to end human trafficking and slavery include the American Himalayan Foundation, the New Life Center (Chiang Rai, Thailand), and Nomi Network.

Some people still believe that the concept of owning a person has already been abolished worldwide, but this act still thrives and prospers in today’s society. The first step to ceasing human trafficking is to communicate and spread understanding of this struggle for millions everywhere.

 

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