Ukraine trafficking

The Society has reports of women and children fleeing the hostilities in Ukraine being trapped into servitude. Currently, the major problem is the number of women and children laboring in the fields. Another area of concern are reports of women and girls being traffcked by criminal syndicates into houses of ill repute. Men, acting as […]

Buying chocolate Easter eggs? Were they produced by cocoa plantation slaves in West Africa?

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 cocoa.  […]

Buying chocolates for Mother’s Day? Were they produced by slaves?

Traditional slavery in West Africa

The Society estimates that there are 8,000 girl-slaves — slaves in the fullest sense of the term — in West Africa today. These girls are hierodulic slaves, combining the roles of agricultural slave, domestic slave, temple slave and sex slave. Originally offered as human sacrifice to ensure success in war, these girls are the helpless […]

Child hierodulic servitude in India and Nepal

Hierodulic child prostitution is a generic term which the Society uses to describe religiously-sanctioned child prostitution, and, specifically, those children engaged in religious cult prostitution known variously as aradhinis, basavis, bhavanis, bhogam-vandhis, devadasis, jjgateens, jogins (or jogatis), kalavanthulas, kudikars, maharis, muralis, natis and thevardiyars in India, and as deukis in Nepal. Although there are differences […]

2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor.

Was your sparkling diamond mined by child slaves?

Was your sparkling diamond mined by child slaves? Children work as slaves in the diamond mines near Koidu Town, the capital of the Kono district of the Republic of Sierra Leone (ironically, a former British colony which was established for freed West African slaves and which was once the base for the Anti-Slavery Squadron of […]

Child labor in cocoa supply chain

Cargill has launched CocoaWise, a tool that aims to monitor child labor in the cocoa supply chain.

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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