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Monday, 7 January 2013

Let's get slavery out of our system!

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month so the Streetlamp wanted to provide you with some tools you could use to raise awareness and to start making a difference. First up, we wanted to bring your attention to the Slavery Footprint site, which was launched in September 2011, and which asks the simple question;

"How Many Slaves Work For You?"

Do you have any idea? Well, now you can find out about your connection to modern day slavery by visiting and taking their survey. This effective little tool, which is beautifully designed and actually fun to use, poses a series of seemingly innocuous questions, such as; 

what do you eat? what do you wear? what medicine do you take? what electronics do you use? 

Upon completion, a number is revealed, which is the calculation of how many slaves work for you. You may be shocked at just how high the number is. Of course, the precise number isn’t the real point of the test.  The real value of the site lies in the way that it makes you think about the true nature of the global economy, and your actions in it. So, please, take the test and find out how knowing where your clothing, furniture and electronic goods come from is vitally important.

Slavery Footprint is the brainchild of Justin Dillon a onetime musician with the band Tremolo who got involved in the anti-slavery movement through hosting benefit concerts. Justin has now made abolitionism his full-time job, and has also made his directorial debut in the human-trafficking documentary, CALL+RESPONSE.

For more information about how you can take part in the fight to end modern slavery you can visit the Slavery Footprint blog 'here'.

To take action to end trafficking and to download resources, such as a toolkit with 20+ ways to take action, visit the Fairtrade Fashionistas site 'here'.


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