Human trafficking often draws attention to sex trafficking and many think that’s what it implies. But sex trafficking isn’t the only modern-day slavery problem. Forced labor and child labor are equally compelling issues of human trafficking. In countries like India, Africa, China, and Bangladesh, issues of child labor are common and by the time the finished products reach us, we aren’t aware of the slave labor behind the product. As far as possible, shopping from socially conscious companies is a great way to avoid contributing to this problem. Here is a list of goods from various countries that are produced using child labor.
Many missing children find themselves in the worst form of child labor. According to United Nations, there are an estimated 21 to 30 million slaves worldwide. I have found volunteering and making donations to be the most accessible ways to help. Other ways are signing petitions or participating in fundraising activities. In the United States, The Polaris Project has some great initiatives. You can sign petitions to firm up human trafficking laws on this site, and always call the National Human Trafficking Resources Center in case of suspicious activities at 888-373-7888 or text them the code BeFree (233733).