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How “fair trade” labels help corporations hide exploitation

By Ellie Finkelstein, Freedom United

January 21, 2024 News Digest
Forced labor
How “fair trade” labels help corporations hide exploitation in Mexico
In the idyllic aisles of U.S. supermarkets, labels like “responsibly grown, ” “farmworker-assured,” and “fair-trade certified” adorn fruits and vegetables, masking the harsh realities faced by Mexican workers who harvest them including wage theft, sexual harassment, retaliation, and even forced labor. Read more…
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Child slavery
Slaughterhouse found guilty of migrant teen’s death fined $200,000 
A Mississippi meat processing plant, Mar-Jac Poultry, was found responsible for the death of a 16-year-old migrant worker who sustained fatal injuries when he was sucked into a deboning machine. The company has been fined over $200,000 in penalties as a consequence of being found responsible for the child’s death. Read more…
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Forced marriage
Selling your daughter to survive: the plight of Afghan forced marriage
Heartbreaking stories reveal the devastating impact of forced child marriages on vulnerable Afghan children. In the face of extreme poverty, parents, grappling with financial desperation, are compelled to sell their daughters, some as young as six, to survive. Read more…
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Ellie Finkelstein
Freedom United


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