Learn the Issue
"When you thaw shrimp to put on your barbecue, it’s likely that the last person who handled that shrimp was a slave."
President of Free the Slaves
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is the illegal transportation of people without their consent usually for exploitation purposes.
What is modern slavery?
Forced labor. Free the Slaves estimates that there are 27 million slaves around the world today, more than ever before in human history. People are bought and sold like property and forced to work under physical and mental threat usually without pay. Modern slavery can take many shapes including sex slavery, child labor and child prostitution.
Shrimp and the love-hate relationship with the little crustacean...
What used to be a more sophisticated item nowadays seems to be everywhere and in every presentation, fresh, frozen, breaded, tail on, tail off, deveined, big, medium, small, farm raised, wild caught. Nevertheless, most of them share something darker below that pinkish color --the slave or child labor often utilized to catch, clean and process the shrimp. It is this illegal labor that usually goes unnoticed once the popular crustacean enters the global market making it nearly impossible to track down.
Everyday, hundreds of children are being held slaves in the shrimp industry, where beatings are guaranteed and unspeakable sexual abuse is directed toward them robbing them of their childhood their future and their lives. These children often end up dead and disposed after they are no longer able to produce goods for their slaveholder. This is why, even though DisposablePeople.org despises all types of slavery, we believe that one of the most brutal ones is the catching, cleaning and processing of the shrimp. If there is anything worse than being a slave is being a child slave. For an in-depth report, please read The True Cost of Shrimp by Solidarity Center.
10 Facts about human trafficking
(1) (2) (3) (7) FreeTheSlaves
(4) Unicef.org, A Report on Child Protection
(5) International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(6) Unicef.org, Child Protection Information Sheet
(8) Kevin Bales, The Slave Next Door
According to the US Department of Labor, there are about 122 goods from 58 countries that are believed to be produced by child labor. You can read the reports here:
The Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor
US Department of Labor 2008's Findings of The Worst Forms of Child Labor
You can also read more information here United States Department of Labor