Fashion Is One of the Biggest Supporters of Modern Slavery, per Report

Fashion Is One of the Biggest Supporters of Modern Slavery, per Report

"An atrocity as large and pervasive as modern slavery requires a united, global response."

"An atrocity as large and pervasive as modern slavery requires a united, global response."

Text: Tess Garcia

It is widely acknowledged that fashion has a negative impact on the environment, but it's time the industry addresses another appalling fact: According to Fashionista, the fashion supply chain contributes more money to modern slavery than any other field besides tech.

The publication cites the Walk Free Foundation's 2018 Global Slavery Index, which reports that $127.7 billion worth of garments at risk of employing modern slavery in their supply chains are imported annually by G20 countries, the group of nations, including the United States and the EU, responsible for 80 percent of world trade. Modern slavery is defined as any situation in which one person has taken away another person's freedom; mainstay examples include forced child labor and debt bondages that force employees to work for little to no pay. Put simply, although developed countries may have low rates of slave labor within their borders, their consumption habits are perpetuating the practice in a major way.

What can be done to remedy a problem that's existed since the beginning of time? The Walk Free Foundation suggests, first and foremost, holding even first world nations accountable for their contributions to modern-day slavery.

"Too often, the onus of eliminating modern slavery is placed only on the countries where the crime is perpetrated," the organization wrote on its website. "They certainly have a responsibility, but they are not alone in this regard. An atrocity as large and pervasive as modern slavery requires a united, global response."

As though you needed another reason to shop secondhand.

Credits: Image via @walkfreefdn

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