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Proposal - Stopping Human Trafficking

The Challenge

At least 12 million people worldwide are trapped in conditions of forced labor, a fifth of them being exploited as a result of human trafficking. These forms of modern day slavery have become one of t ...

At least 12 million people worldwide are trapped in conditions of forced labor, a fifth of them being exploited as a result of human trafficking. These forms of modern day slavery have become one of the most profitable and most horrifying businesses in the world. Human trafficking and coerced labor are said to be the fastest growing source of income for organized crime and its third most important source after drugs and the arms trade.

  1. Nurture business leadership and sustainable practices within the world of private enterprise. For example, the Not For Sale Campaign teamed up with Manpower, Inc., to design an online course that, beginning in November 2010, gives business professionals the early building blocks for addressing responsible and sustainable inside their own company. We will then link these pioneers into our Business Leadership Network, where they can share best practices and lament common obstacles, and the strategies they might best deploy to overcome them.
  2. Create tools that unite consumers and companies who dream to see a world where all people are “free to work.” The first iteration is a website, Free2Work.org, that provides transparency on supply chain and invites consumers to shift their demand to those reputation leaders who engage in sustainable production. The Not For Sale Campaign is designing a mobile application that will allow consumers to use this data as they shop. We do not believe in boycotts, but “buy-cotts” that reward companies for bringing good things to life.
  3. Develop better tools for monitoring and reporting that help companies and industries that desire to move toward more sustainable supply chains but lack the expertise to chart that path. Help them to re-engineer their production in a way that respects the dignity of all those who participate in the supply chain of their products.
  4. Move the anti-trafficking movement from rhetoric to strategic initiatives grounded in the best data. In that regard, enhance the investigation and documentation of human trafficking cases and analyze patterns. For one such tool, refer to SlaveryMap.org, an online interactive source for trafficking cases in any region internationally, documenting cases by the type of trafficking, the countries of origin and destination, law enforcement activity in a specific case, aftercare and legal attention, etc.
  5. Build stronger networks of law enforcement and community organizations that are in a better position to encounter and support human trafficking victims and/or witnesses.
  6. Provide training and technical tools for law enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges that will more effectively bring about justice for the victims of trafficking.
  7. Design more effective laws internationally that are tailored to the specific types of trafficking activity endemic to a region.
  8. Stimulate enterprise development that provides jobs and economic stability in regions where human trafficking and involuntary servitude are most prevalent.

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