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Vatican Declaration on human trafficking
April 12, 2024
April 2, 2024.  The Vatican issued the Declaration “Dignitas Infinita” On Human Dignity, which condemns trafficking: “Human trafficking must also be counted among the grave violations of human dignity. While it is not a new phenomenon, it has taken on tragic dimensions before our eyes, which is why Pope Francis has denounced it in particularly emphatic […]
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April 1. Anniversary of birth of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Baronet Buxton of Belfield and Runton
April 1, 2024
April 1, 1786.  Birth of.  He was a  British abolitionist.  He is called “The Emancipator” because of his role as leader of the abolitionist Members of Parliament in the House of Commons which saw the passage of the Bill abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire.  The territories administered by The Honourable East India Company were […]
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Buying chocolate Easter eggs? Were they produced by cocoa plantation slaves in West Africa?
March 26, 2024
  Cocoa is the essential ingredient for making chocolate Easter eggs.  A significant proportion of the world production of cocoa is grown and harvested on plantations by African slaves. These slaves are on cocoa plantations in remote rural areas in West Africa.  Some of the chocolate Easter eggs which we buy is made using slave […]
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Campaigns


Buying a carpet

The Society is promoting ‘Rugmark’ carpets — hand-woven carpets, which carry a guarantee against the use of child labor — in preference to carpets made by children (some as young as four years of age). ‘Rugmark’.  In August 1994, the Rugmark Foundation was registered in India by a consortium comprising the following business associations and […]

Child labor in Fashion

Designers pledge for child labour-free fashion world The Fashion Design Council of India has collaborated with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation to launch #Notmadebychildren campaign. The campaign aims to stop child labour in India’s fashion and textile industries. “There are so many people who follow fashion,” Kailash said. “So, I feel this is one of the […]

Child trafficking in sport

According to the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, sports are not immune to the sale and exploitation of children.  There have been cases of large-scale sexual abuse of children within gymnastics, football and other sports. Moreover, there are several practices that can amount to the sale of children specifically in […]

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Raids/Rescues


Boys rescued in raids in India

Four boys — one as young as 12 — were rescued by raids were conducted in commercial establishments in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. The 12-year-old worked in a bakery, a 15-year-old boy in a gas station, and the two 16-year olds in motor mechanic shop.  The raids occurred on September 22, 24, […]

Children rescued from construction side in India

For the second time in a month, boys have been rescued from a construction site in Trichy.  Eight boys aged 15-16 were rescued.  Six were from Jharkhand, one from West Bengal and another from Tamil Nadu.  The rescue involved our program partners in India, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.  The boys were forced to work in unsafe […]