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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]