This protest – a giant shopping cart keeping a group of workers captive – is part of a campaign by the International Organization for Migration. The point, I think, is to demonstrate that the products we place in our shopping cart have the effect of keeping workers in slavery – especially migrant workers. Rather than focusing on growers and producers, the group focuses on buyers.
“For too long the belief has been that poverty and gender discrimination are root causes of human trafficking, which can only be tackled at source. This is short-sighted,” says IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. “Quite simply, human trafficking is driven by the demand for unreasonably cheap labour and goods from around the world.”
The IOM is calling on people to know more about where the food and products they use come from. This certainly seems worthwhile- not only because of human trafficking but because of the many other issues that we will learn about.
Original caption: Workers are trapped under an upside-down shopping trolley placed outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels October 19, 2009 as part of an ad campaign for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Activists are telling shoppers to find out where the food and goods they buy come from to avoid unwittingly supporting a modern form of slave labour with their purchases. REUTERS/Thierry Roge (BELGIUM CONFLICT POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)