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Human Trafficking in Nepal

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Human Trafficking in Nepal

The human trafficking in Nepal is mainly outbound. Most of the men, women and children are coerced, fraud, or abducted away from their homes mostly to the Middle East, as well as India, Bangladesh, sub-saharan Africa, and more recently Khasa, a district in China. Nepal is particularly susceptible because about one quarter of the population live below the poverty line. There is a lot of natural potential within the country, but the government, natural disasters, and lack of a water port have created difficulties for wealth creation. It’s estimated that about 54 children are trafficked out of Nepal on a...

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Who is Freeleaf: Freeleaf's Mission to Help Women

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Who is Freeleaf: Freeleaf's Mission to Help Women

Kairos Traders works alongside businesses that have the same mission as we do, engaging human trafficking and exploitation. We would like to highlight some of these businesses to give you an idea of where our products are coming from, and what they are doing in order to help folks overseas. Our first post will be about the business Freeleaf. Freeleaf works with women from a large variety of backgrounds; homeless women, women with mental or physical disabilities, women who have been in the sex industry, domestic abuse survivors, women with low education, trafficking survivors, single moms, sexual assault survivors, and...

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How Consumerism is Feeding Slave Labor

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How Consumerism is Feeding Slave Labor

Everyone wants a bargain and to save money. Compliment someone on an outfit and you might hear “I only paid … for it.” However, in some cases our savings may mean someone else paid for it with their time, their meals, their living or working conditions. The smallest items in our closet, fridge, make-up bag, garage, etc could potentially be sourced to some form of slave labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates child labor decreased from 30 percent of children in 2000 to 11 percent of children in 2012. It is encouraging to hear the numbers are going in...

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How to Buy Ethically Sourced Items: The Purchasing Power of the Consumer

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How to Buy Ethically Sourced Items: The Purchasing Power of the Consumer

Reading about Human Trafficking can feel overwhelming. Human trafficking seems to reach into every avenue of our world. However, as consumers, we have the power to buy ethically sourced items. Most companies decisions are driven by sales, so there is power in purchasing wisely. How do we find ethically sourced items? Easy, look at our website. Alright, we appreciate the laughs, but while we have some great products we don’t have everything you need. By the time a consumer buys something, chances are some part of it can be traced back through many hands giving us less understanding of the...

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The Price of a Life

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The Price of a Life

Human trafficking and smuggling makes about $67 billion USD per year on the black market. This large profit to black marketers has its roots in lower prices for buyers, but a larger pool of choice. The ease of transportation, as well as more communication channels, has made it easier for lives to be bought and sold. From 1525 to 1866, during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the Americas. Of these people, about 10.7 million survived the trip. Today there are approximately 30 million people living as slaves in the world. In 1850 the price of...

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