Shopping for Slavery

The following list by the US Department of Labor outlines products that are known to be created by forced or indentured child labor, also known as child slavery. Note the repeated presence of certain countries, like Burma. Also note that these products and places do not make up a complete list.

As the abolitionist movement continues to grow, it will undoubtedly become more popular and convenient to avoid some of these slave-made products. But for now, it is up to shoppers to be cautious and discerning.

Bamboo: Burma

Beans (green, soy, yellow): Burma

Brazil Nuts/Chestnuts: Bolivia

Bricks: Burma, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan

Carpets: Nepal, Pakistan

Charcoal: Brazil

Coal: Pakistan

Coca (stimulant plant): Colombia

Cocoa: Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria

Coffee: Cote d’Ivoire

Cotton: Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Cottonseed (hybrid): India

Diamonds: Sierra Leone

Electronics: China

Embroidered Textiles (zari): India, Nepal

Garments: Argentina, India, Thailand

Gold: Burkina Faso

Granite: Nigeria

Gravel (crushed stones): Nigeria

Pornography: Russia

Rice: Burma, India, Mali

Rubber: Burma

Shrimp: Thailand

Stones: India, Nepal

Sugarcane: Bolivia, Burma

Teak: Burma

Tilapia (fish): Ghana

Tobacco: Malawi

Toys: China

2 Responses to “Shopping for Slavery”
  1. Rachel says:

    Thanks for this actionable idea on how we can individually live more conscious of child slavery. Do you have any more tips on how to avoid these products? For example, is there a more specific list of brands, or for any of those categories of items would I just look for the label and if that product is from that country, avoid it? thanks again for consistently raising my level of awareness 🙂

  2. Darrell says:

    Some of this will be helped tremendously as the Western Economies collapse one by one at first under the weight of unpayable debt created in no small part by decades of trade imbalance caused by importing more of what these children make than can be paid for.

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