By Allyssia Alleyne
How many slaves work for you? If you’ve answered “zero,” you’re probably way off. At least that’s the premise behind Slavery Footprint, an online survey developed by the U.S. State Department and anti-slavery organization Made in a Free World.
The web interactive invites users to insert information about their consumer habits and lifestyle choices – this covers everything from what sports you play to what products line your medicine cabinet – and then determines approximately how many forced laborers they rely on.
The results are startling. It turns out that if you’ve ever eaten, worn, or used pretty much anything, you’ve likely been complicit in some form of slavery. In fact, Made in a Free World estimates that there are some 29 million slaves in the world today.
But the project’s goal is education, not blame. After completing the survey, you’re encouraged to be more thoughtful about where your products come from, and send pre-written emails to companies asking what they’re doing to address forced labor in their supply chains.
Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think: http://www.slaveryfootprint.org