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Get your slavery footprint!

I have no idea how accurate this is, but at least it’s disturbing and perhaps enlightening.

Many of us prefer to think slavery was abolished years ago. This organization, Slavery Footprint, would like you to recognize that not only does it still exist throughout the world, it is thriving.

Consumer products such as your cell phone, tablet computer, clothing or chocolate bar may depend on people trapped in low-wage (or no-wage) ‘jobs’ that are set up to exploit and enslave. As the site’s introduction says:

It’s the supply chain stupid. It’s a supply chain that enslaves more people than at any time in human history. And they’re working for you.

I took the test and discovered I had 52 slaves working to keep my in my lifestyle here in Seattle. The goal of this exercise is not to make us all feel crappy about ourselves (though I often do). The goal is educate us as consumers, to get us to make inquiries and stop buying products produced by slave labor.



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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.