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THE FACTS ABOUT SLAVERY, POVERTY & THE FASHION INDUSTRY

 

The woman pictured above is called a “Rag Picker” in India. A person who collects trash all day with the hope of finding something of value to sell. The average rag picker works 12 hours a day making $1- $2.  This is why we do what we do. Offering women like this hope and dignity through jobs that empower.

 

THE FACTS 

1. Today there are 40 million people in slavery. An all-time high. (including human trafficking) (source: Global Slavery Index)

2. 40% of slavery is in India. More than any other country. (source: Global Slavery Index)

3. The average modern slave is bought for just $90 - against a price tag of $40,000 about 200 years ago (Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation)

4. Over 70% of slaves are female. (source: Global Slavery Index)

5. Human trafficking is the third-biggest criminal enterprise in the world, after drug trafficking and counterfeiting. (Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation)

6. Human trafficking accounts for more than 32 billion dollars in illegal profits every year, more than Nike, Google, and Starbucks combined. (source: International Labour Office)

7. 750 million people are living at poverty level with an income of $1.90/day or less (source: World Bank).

8. In India alone, there are 300 million people living in poverty.  India ranks highest on the list of countries with the most people living at this level.  (source: International Labour Office)

9. 1 out of 6 people work in the fashion industry. (source: The True Cost)

10. 40 million of these people are garment workers who make less than $3/day.  (source: The True Cost)

11. 85% of these workers are women. If their wages were doubled, it would cost 3 cents/shirt. (source: The True Cost)

12. South Asia (mainly India and Bangladesh) is the second largest fashion and apparel manufacturing region, second only to China, with the average minimum wage of $1.90/day. (poverty level).

13. Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84 percent of unwanted clothes in the United States end up in landfill or is burned.

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