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Title: SLAVERY TODAY '''''


is that my problem? Section 2 What
difference can we make?
Are our lives on the Isle of Man linked in any
way with those caught up in slavery
Q Q q
We are all part of a consumer society, but do we
know where the products come from, or who makes
What does this image mean to you?
The true cost of a pair of jeans ........
The shop 50
The brand 25
The government 17.5
Materials 13
Transport 1
Workers 1
A real life story Debesh is 10 years old and
works in a denim factory in Bangladesh. He works
from 8am until 8pm, though sometimes he does a
double shift working until 2-3am. He can work
about 15hrs a day, seven days a week for just 4
- thats about 4p an hour. Often he has to wait
up to two months to receive his wages. His
working conditions are cramped, sitting hunched
on the floor sewing small beads onto denim
jackets. He strains his eyes, his fingers are
bruised, he is not allowed a break and can be
fined for talking. He lives in a slum dwelling,
sharing the space with 5 others, they have open
sewers, no electricity and no access to clean
water. The factory he works in produces 15,000
items of clothing a day.
Debesh is paid. Would you still consider this to
be an example of slave labour?
Sweat shops ...
  • Tens of millions of people sew the clothes we
    wear, often in cramped and dangerous conditions
    with no job security.
  • They are prevented from forming unions to help
    change the conditions they work in. If they
    complain they are sacked as they have no
  • These situations exist right across the garments
    industry. Many workers are abused, they work with
    dangerous chemicals without adequate ventilation
    or safety procedures.
  • Sweatshop workers earn as little as a quarter of
    what they need to provide for basic nutrition,
    shelter, energy, clothing, education and
    transportation. They work long hours but still
    live in poverty.

What difference can we make?
Take a stand on fashion.
  • Fashion companies can improve working conditions
    if they take workers rights seriously ......
    Whats stopping them?
  • They dont believe its worth it.
  • Make your voice heard!
  • Write directly to the head office of the
    retailers you shop with.
  • Ask them for proof that all the people who make
    the clothes they sell have their rights

We are all part of a consumer society
........ Each day we consume these things but do
we know if the producers got a fair deal?
What does this image mean to you?
The real price of that cup of coffee
Large coffee estate owners usually sell at market
prices set by the New York Coffee Exchange.
However, most small farmers sell directly to
middlemen exporters who may pay below market
price for their harvests. It estimated that is
125 million people, could be affected this way.
Shippers roasters 55
Retailers 30
Export 10
Growers 5
The real price of that box of chocolates.
Overheads other ingredients 36.8
The cocoa industry is worth around 3.6 billion a
year. 43 of all cocoa comes from the Ivory coast
in Africa. It is estimated that there are more
than 109,000 children working in the Ivory coast
cocoa farms and that 10,000 are victims of human
trafficking and enslavement
Supermarkets 34,1
Brand 10.4
Tax 14.8
Growers 3.9
The real price of that banana
Distribution retail 39
In the past 25 years, 103 former plantation
workers in Nicaragua and their offspring have
reportedly died and 22,000 are seriously ill as a
result of regular contact with the toxic
Profit 17 / Taxes 15
International transport 11
Import License 9
Grower 5 / Export 4
A real life story ......
Drissa was forced to spend long days tending the
cocoa plants and collecting the pods. The heat
was oppressive, the biting flies constantly
swarmed around them. The slave holder gave them
little to eat and many times only braised banana
for months on end. If they slowed in their work,
they were beaten. At night, the slave holder
locked them all in a small room with only a tin
can to use as a toilet.
Drissa and the other slaves on that farm were
eventually rescued by an official of the Malian
How does this make you feel about buying your
next bar of chocolate? ..............
A real life story ......
Teresa Sandol is 38 years old and has 5 children,
all under 16. She has been working in a banana
pack house starting at 6am and finishing at 6pm.
She does not get paid properly for her overtime,
so earns about 5.50 a day.
Her wages cannot meet her basic needs so Teresa
has recently had to withdraw her eldest son, who
is only 11 years old from school so that he can
go out to work at another plantation nearby. The
other children are not at school and stay at home
helping to prepare food for four other workers at
the same plantation Teresa also takes in washing
when she gets back from her work to make ends
meet for her family.
What difference can we make?
Look out for the logos..... become an ethical
There is a direct connection between what
consumers in developed countries buy and the use
of slavery. Products like chocolate, coffee,
bananas, cotton and hand-knotted rugs use labour
forces that are easily exploited. Transnational
companies can improve working conditions if they
take workers rights seriously ...... Whats
stopping them? They dont believe its worth
it. Make your voice heard! Call Nestle at
800-225-5570 and ask that they take their
responsibility for ending child slavery on their
farms seriously by using Fair Trade Certified
Buy Fairtrade products if you dont see them,
ask for them...
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade means that goods are produced without
using slave labour decent working conditions are
assured and producers are guaranteed a fair price
for their goods. Producers also receive a premium
that is invested in development projects in the
community to help combat poverty.
To ask for Fairtrade shows transnational
companies that consumers are committed to ethical
purchasing, and care about human rights.
Do you know where you can get Fairtrade products
on the Isle of Man?
Outlets on the IoM where Fairtrade items are
available ........
Supermarkets Manx Co-op, Duke Street,
Douglas Woodbourne Road, Douglas The Parade,
Castletown, Michael Street, Peel Main Road,
Laxey Station Road, Port Erin Bay View Road, Port
St Mary Christian Street, Ramsey Parliament
Street, Ramsey Main Road Onchan Tesco Lake Road,
Douglas MS Strand Street, Douglas Shoprite Ches
ter Street, Douglas Victoria Road, Douglas, The
Precinct, Onchan, St Pauls Square,
Ramsey Station Road, Ramsey Bridson Street, Port
Erin, Arbory Street, Castletown Michael Street,
Peel Derby Road, Peel
Clothes and Crafts Shakti Man Parliament Street,
Ramsey Rural Arts and Craft shop Arbory Street,
Castletown Oxfam Strand Street, Douglas Well
Christian Bookshop Broadway, Douglas Topshop Duke
Street, Douglas Manx National Heritage   Convenien
ce stores Nathans Ramsey Newbys Ballaquayle
Road, Douglas Wessex garage Alexander Drive,
Douglas Wessex Convenience store Ballawattleworth
Estate, Peel Foxdale Post Office Main Road,
Higher Foxdale Station garage Petrol
Station, Victoria Road, Castletown
Cafes Restaurants The Sanctuary Victoria
Street, Douglas Costa Coffee Strand
Street,Douglas MS Café Revive Strand street,
Douglas Bean Bar Ramsey The Refinery Duke
Street, Douglas Crush North Quay,
Douglas Greens North Quay, Douglas   Heath food
shops Mother Nature Parliament Street,
Ramsey Castletown Health Store Malew Street,
Castletown Good Health Church Road, Port
Erin Holland Barrett Strand Street,
Douglas IoM Health Food Centre Bucks Road,
Douglas Julian Graves Ltd Duke Street, Douglas
Suppliers Traidcraft Margaret Newton Mann
Vend Spring Valley Industrial Estate,
Douglas Bridson Horrox Hills Meadow, Douglas
  Businesses Manx Co-op DLGE Steam Packet IoM
Post Office Charterhouse Douglas Police
  Methodist churches Onchan Colby Ballabeg Balla
kilpheric Kerrowkeil Croit-e-Caley Ballafesson,
Glen Maye, Crosby
Anglican churches All Saints, Douglas Ballaugh
Parish Church Ballaugh Old Church Braddan Castleto
wn St. James Foxdale Kirk Michael Malew Marown On
chan Patrick St German's Peel St John's St
Mark's St Ninian's, St Paul's Ramsey Christ
Church Dhoon Kirk Michael Cooil Catholic
churches St Mary's , St Columba's St Patricks
  Quakers   Salvation Army Mothers' Union  
Tourism is the worlds biggest industry .......
Do you feel that tourism always has a positive
benefit on the local community?
A real life story ......
Consuela doesnt earn a living wage as a hotel
cleaner in the Dominican Republic. She works a
minimum of 9 hours each day cleaning 21 hotel
rooms, but her wages are so low she cannot afford
to buy milk for her children. She gets no payment
for overtime or holidays. She cannot join a trade
union because her employer refuses to allow a
union on the premises.
In 1948 the United Nations created the
Declaration of Human Rights. Do you think that
the violation of these rights creates situations
of slavery?
Article 23. Everyone has the right to form and
join a trade union. Article 24. Everyone has the
right to rest and leisure, including limitation
of working hours and periodic holidays with pay
A real life story ......
Mari is on medication for stress related to her
poor working environment. She and her colleagues
work in a laundry in Gran Canaria with an average
temperature of 40C. Their heavy workload for a
group of hotels includes ironing 3,000 sheets,
5,000 towels, 3,000 napkins and up to 2,000
tablecloths every day.
  • Do you think it is exploitation if employers do
    not provide a safe and healthy working
  • What do you know of the International Labour
    Convention (ILO) , and why do you think it was
    set up?

ILO 1981 Employers must provide a safe and
healthy working environment
What Difference can we make?
Sun, Sand, Sea and..... Sweatshops
There are abusive labour conditions in holiday
destinations sold by the four major tour
operators in the UK. These break international
and national labour laws around the world. The
Tourist industry can improve working conditions
if they take workers rights seriously......
Whats stopping them?
They dont believe its worth it.
Make your voice heard!
As a holiday maker you can be a powerful voice to
ensure fair and legal labour conditions in the
tourism industry. Join the campaign by Tourism
Concern email See
1807, ordinary people helped to bring about the
abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade 2007
you can be a part of a movement to end slavery
Add your voice to postcard campaigns, find out
more www.stophumantraffik.or
lavery/default.stm www.labourbehindthe