Hi Did you know that a lot of our electronics are made out of minerals sourced by forced labour, in other words modern slavery? I was told this when I attended a seminar with @swedwatch organised by @fuf.se.
Earlier this year I read a list of books on human rights that apparently “everyone should read”. Naturally I’ve read some of these books already during my studies, but one I haven’t read is Disposable People by Kevin Bales. Bales tells the story of modern slavery and the role of both states, small and multinational corporations. I will devote my Sunday to reading this book.
”Today’s twenty-seven million slaves are, in fact, the smallest fraction of the world population to ever live in slavery. The estimated forty billion dollars they generate as profits for slaveholders is tiny compared to those of other industries. I suspect it is the smallest proportion of the global economy ever represented by slavery. It is so small that no nation or industry would fail if slavery were suddenly ended; only the criminals who control slaves would suffer. With slavery illegal in every country and with universal agreement on the human right of freedom, the stage is now set for complete eradication. Slavery has been pushed to the dark and hidden borders of our global society.it stands on the edge of its own extinction. Never has there been a better time to end it once and for all.”
- Kevin Bales, Disposable People, 2012. - 1 hour ago