This is a story of human trafficking victims-turned-survivors that will evolve during the succession of the Modules. It elaborates on some examples of real life experiences.
International Labour Standards on Forced Labour
The International Labour Organization (ILO) discusses the scope of labor trafficking and select relevant ILO instruments while providing links to other resources.
Polaris and Supply Chains
The Polaris Project, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery, briefly describes the global issue of forced labor in supply chains and suggests transparency of supply chains as one solution to this kind of labor trafficking.
Responsible Sourcing Tool: Visualize the Risk
This interactive map allows you to select different industries, countries, and commodities around the world to see what forced labor in these areas looks like.
This interactive survey tells you how many slaves have produced the products you consume daily.
“What on Earth is Slaveryfootprint.org Talking About Here?” helps to understand the shortcomings of the website Slavery Footprint, building critical understanding of what it does and doesn’t do.
This website provides resources for companies and investors to investigate forced labor in their supply chains.
All Your Clothes Are Made with Exploited Labor
In this article,The Atlantic explores the issue of labor trafficking within the Patagonia clothing industry and the difficulties in finding which parts of the supply chain are tainted by forced labor.
Brazil Case Study Materials
This video shows CRS's efforts to combat slavery in Brazil. 5:21 minutes.
Al Jazeera America follows one man as he retraces his road to exploitation in his own country.
This Policy Brief, co-authored by Catholic Relief Services and Repórter Brasil, documents slave-like conditions on 15 coffee estates in Brazil and includes recommendations for addressing the problem, with the goal of bringing the reality of farmworkers into coffee value chain conversations. 42 pages.
This CRS Coffeelands blog post provides a brief overview and commentary on the above Policy Brief.
This CRS Coffeelands blog post explains the lifting of the ban on the "Dirty List."
This CRS Coffeelands blog post reports that Brazil’s Congress was convening hearings on modern slavery in the coffee industry.
Repórter Brasil’s investigation reveals slave labor conditions in the timber industry and includes a short 1:55-minute video explaining how this reality came to be.
Child Labor and Slavery in the Chocolate Industry
This in-depth article describes child labor in the West African cocoa industry, including how increases in chocolate demand have increased child labor, how children get coerced into labor, the issues with ending labor trafficking in the chocolate industry, and the difficulties of figuring out if chocolate brands are ethically sourced.
Contribution of Catholic Social Teaching
Marking the 120th anniversary of its publication, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a summary statement on Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum. Written in 1891, Rerum Novarum is considered to be the first papal encyclical to form what we now consider a full body of Catholic social teaching and which has a particular focus on the dignity and rights of workers. 7 pages.
Read a short summary of John Paul II’s encyclical Laborem Exercens, written in 1981, on the 90th anniversary of Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum. Published: November 21, 2011.
This USCCB document offers a collection of quotations from Catholic social thought on these themes.
Catholic Relief Services Resources
Catholic Relief Services and its partner Bettiah Diocesan Social Service Society work to provide families in Bihar, India with livelihood support, to emphasize education, and to raise awareness about the dangers of child migration.
This video introduces CRS’ Bachpan Project and describes how it works with children and their families to restore lost childhoods and end child trafficking in Bettiah, Bihar, India. 3:50 minutes.
Seafood from Slaves - An AP Investigation helps free slaves in the 21st century
This website compiles articles, investigations, and reports about forced labor in the seafood industry of Southeast Asia.