Friday, April 13, 2012

The Man in The Mirror

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"As a nation and as members of the global community, we reject the proposition that it is 
acceptable to pursue economic gain through the forced labor of other human beings or the 
exploitation of children in the workplace.  However, we are aware that these problems remain 
widespread in today’s global economy.  Indeed, we face these problems in our own country. 
The International Labor Organization estimates that over 12 million persons worldwide are 
working in some form of forced labor or bondage and that more than 200 million children are at 
work, many in hazardous forms of labor.  The most vulnerable persons – including women, 
indigenous groups, and migrants – are the most likely to fall into these exploitive situations and 
the current global economic crisis has only exacerbated their vulnerability." 

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"Most Americans and most consumers in the world market would not choose to purchase goods
known to be produced by exploited children or forced laborers ­ at any price. Likewise, most
American companies would prefer that their global suppliers respect workers’ and children’s
fundamental rights and provide their employees with working conditions that meet acceptable
local standards.  However, to translate these values and preferences into day­to­day purchasing
decisions, firms and consumers need reliable information about the labor conditions under
which goods are produced.  In 2005, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection
Reauthorization Act, directing the Secretary of Labor and the Department of Labor’s Bureau of
International Labor Affairs (ILAB) to compile “a list of goods that ILAB has reason to believe
were produced using forced labor or child labor” in order to provide consumers and firms with
this type of information.
This report presents that list of goods."

Hilda L. Solis
U.S. Secretary of Labor
September 10, 2009

Here is a link to the actual PDF of goods sold in the US from slave/child labor
scroll down a few pages until you reach the names of countries

Peace in Jesus,


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