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April 30, 2018
Today, there is an epidemic of human trafficking the world over. It is estimated that there are 21 million labor trafficking victims globally, according to this article by the International Labour Organization. A large portion of the individuals who are being trafficked are forced to work in textile and clothing factories for no pay, little food, and inadequate shelter. In addition to their awful and, often times, dangerous working conditions, labor trafficking victims are often subjected to mental, physical, and emotional abuse. While you may not be part of one of the many organizations who are working to stop this awful practice directly, you can still take action by purchasing responsibly sourced garments for both yourself and your family.
Here's some simple ways to make sure your dollars aren't supporting human trafficking:
Human trafficking is an atrocious practice. Unfortunately, the end of forced labor is a long way off. However, we can use our dollars to put those companies who use forced labor out of business much faster through ethical sourcing. So, remember to support responsible small businesses like Max & Ola that make ethical sourcing a priority, download an app to help you pick humane products, and don't forget to read the label! Together, we can make the world a better place!
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