October is Fair Trade Month!

Being consumers of fair trade goods is yet another way to impact the human trafficking situation.

Most of the nations chocolate is produced from beans harvested by child slaves in the Ivory Coast.
Most of the nation’s chocolate is produced from beans harvested by child slaves in the Ivory Coast. [image by jetalone]

What is fair trade?

Why is fair trade important to combating human trafficking?

How can I find fair trade items to buy?

How can I take fair trade even further?

“Thai slave laborers freed in El Monte become U.S. citizens” (LA Times)

Maliwan Clinton recalls her first taste of America with a shudder. In this fabled land of the free, she was enslaved behind razor wire and around-the-clock guards in an El Monte sweatshop, where she and more than 70 other Thai laborers were forced to work 18-hour days for what amounted to less than a dollar an hour.

When she was freed, a shocked public learned of slavery in its midst and flooded the Thai laborers with American generosity: Churchgoers offered shelter, community advocates proffered English lessons and job tips, lawyers fought for work permits and legal status for the group.

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