Your Slave Trafficking Footprints

Your slavery footprint

Where does the demand for goods and services that trap people in slavery come from?

Consumer footprints!

The Demand for Slaves: Cheaper goods – we want to be able to purchase items at a reduced cost. This includes but is not limited to: clothes, computers, automobiles, cars, jewelry, coffee, and chocolate to name just a few. This demand leads to minimization of labor costs as the solution for suppliers.

Cheaper labor costs – for farm workers, construction workers, domestic works (maid/nanny) and restaurant workers, and other venues. To understand these issues globally and

An interactive “cool” website is Try it and see your own footprints in trafficking and where the fingerprints of those enslaved might be in your daily life.

What about sex trafficking? Throughout the globe the demand for younger and younger children is multiplying for sex tourism and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. This includes the United States and the victimization of U.S. children in huge and growing numbers, Shared Hope

The traumas of sex trafficking include: medical, mental/psychological trauma. There is a lack of services to assist with rescuing victims and restoring them to wholeness. Comprehensive care for the victims and helping them to gain job skills is a key to helping them to recover and not be re-trafficked in the future.



The issues of demand on our part can be addressed in a variety of responses.

  • Buying smart: Knowing the products you purchase are slave free and perhaps even made by freed slaves and fair trade organizations like:
  • Investigating companies: Learn more about how well companies you purchase from are doing in knowing that their supply chain is slave free or fair trade. See these websites for more information: and home A good book to grasp this is: Everyday Justice” by Julie Clawson (2009).
  • Better Together: Ending demand for the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children is an issue of morality and public health that can be addressed by the church and organizations concerned for public health and the welfare of women and children. Be sure to see the demand section on
  • Preventative Action:  There is a need to train in the public schools concerning the practices of grooming and recruitment. Helping children to know that might make them vulnerable and how to not be tricked into the path that leads to running away and other exploitation. New resources are available for various ages.

There is not just one way to activate on this issue – there is a plethora of possible responses and is only limited by our personal creativity. We also don’t have to re-invent the wheel in many areas and through many current organizations you can find a means to actively find solutions for personal purchases and other means to address the demand issues.

What’s My Footprint?




 Everyone has a part to play in ending human trafficking.