Student group No Sweat! wants to end Indiana University’s dependence on apparel produced by sweat-shop labor. Events like last October’s “Check your Tags” Awareness Day (link this to the IDS article) raise awareness about international labor abuses and highlight the direct connection between students and the workers who have produced their clothing. Group members also educate university administrators about apparel companies and advocate for a university-wide switch to fairer, more sustainable apparel. No Sweat! is an affiliate of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS).
Walk Free Foundation has published the Global Slavery Index for 2013. It ranks 162 countries according to the number of individuals trafficked, married as children, and smuggled in and out of the country. Mauritania, Haiti, and Pakistan performed worst in the index, while three countries–the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Iceland–tied for the best performance this year.
Last month, Equality Now unveiled a new web-based project that seeks to put a face to sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women. The first featured story belongs to Alma, a Filipina waitress forced into prostitution to service U.S. nationals near a large U.S. Army base in Olongapo City.
Read Prostitution And Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories Campaign Launched By Equality Now