Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
A Global Investigation, an effective tool for raising awareness about modern slavery. Millions of men, women and children around the world are forced to lead lives as slaves. Although this exploitation is often not called slavery, the conditions are the same. People are sold like objects, forced to work for little or no pay and are at the mercy of their 'employers'.
Common characteristics distinguish slavery from other human rights violations. A slave is:
* forced to work -- through mental or physical threat;
* owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or threatened abuse;
* dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as 'property';
* physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement.
Most people know that it is illegal to buy or sell another human being anywhere in the world and therefore assume that slavery no longer exists. Yet, despite the fact that there is international agreement that slavery should be prohibited and eradicated in all its forms, many millions of people continue to live in slavery.
The practices which constitute slavery today are defined in various international standards. The great majority of contemporary slavery practices contain a forced labour component, that is to say, the individual is compelled to work against their will under the threat of some form of punishment.
According to the ILO (International Labour Organization) the minimum estimate of the number of people who are living in forced labour internationally is 12.3 million. This is in spite of the fact that, with the exception of China, every country in the world has specifically committed itself to prohibiting the use of forced labour.
In the global economy, corporations demand enforceable laws - intellectual property and copyright laws - backed up by sanctions to protect their products. However, when we ask these same companies, "Can't we also protect the rights of the 16-year-old who made the product?," The companies respond: "No. That would be an impediment to free trade!"
Young garment workers in Bangladesh share their hard experiences working for companies like Disney and Wal-Mart. Where offen they need to work between 16 until 20 hour daily and no one have right to object it. Beside lost thier real life with family, they even also offen dont get the correct salary and get treat badly if someone dare to ask for it. While the same workers from same company in US enjoy all the workers right, get good paid and good life.