DID you know that a young girl of 14 may have been trafficked to make your cotton t-shirt?

We don't know if the clothes we wear have been made by someone who has been trafficked. Throughout the supply chain of a garment workers are physically, emotionally and sexually harmed and abused. We want to prevent this.

The clothes that we buy and wear arrive on shop shelves after a long journey starting at the source, cotton being a main contributor. Cotton is grown and harvested in faraway fields, spun, dyed and woven into fabric in factories, to be sold to consumer markets all over the world.

A little over two years ago we started to campaign on ending a scheme which trafficked young women into the Tamil Nadu region of India. Female workers aged 14 - 23 years are recruited with false promises of a good job and a lump sum payment under the guise of an 'apprenticeship' scheme called SUMANGALI. Once recruited, many find themselves trapped within a factory for up to five years. Two out of three never receive the promised lump-sum.

They are physically, emotionally and sexually abused. They have limited freedom, sleep in a hostel within the factory walls, are guarded by the male factory employees and have limited contact with their families or the outside world. They are forced to work often up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week or more without the compensation they have been promised.

Since then there have been improvements but there is still a long way to go to prevent the harm and abuse these young girls experience for the sake of our fashion desires.

Join us in sending postcards to the CEO's of Seed Heritage, Roger David, and Ally.

 

Order a stack of MAKE FASHION TRAFFIK FREE postcards
at a minimal cost, and take one into your favourite shops. 


LIVING WAGE VIDEO

 

SUMANGALI: THE UNTOLD STORIES

Watch the film for yourself or host a film screening event
to share the film with family, friends or co-workers.
Download our Sumangali film screening event pack here.


The MAKE FASHION TRAFFIK FREE REPORT is based on field research with 1250 young women and girls who had first-hand experience of the SUMANGALI scheme. This infographic explains the cotton production process.


HOST A FASHION EXCHANGE

You can help spread the word whilst fundraising for STOP THE TRAFFIK by organising a Fashion Exchange. Download our Fashion Exchange guide which contains everything you will need to get started.


HELP A CHILD

Download Akash & the Pigeons by Penny Reeve, including flashcards illustrated by Alex Hammond. Penny is passionate about using stories to empower children to respond to the world around them. This story is to help children understand trafficking with discussion question and activity suggestions.

how do we know ouR clothes are traffik-free?

Most retailers and fashion labels either don't know where they buy their cotton from or choose not to make that information public. This isn't good enough.

We want to be able to choose #traffikfree and help change the lives of the women and girls trapped in this scheme. We want to ensure that suppliers who treat their workers well are on a level playing field.

Consumers have the power to influence Change...

As consumers we have a powerful voice, we can use it to urge companies to change their behaviour so that they can tell us that the clothes we are buying are free from harm, abuse and are #traffikfree. Your voice is vital in helping to achieve change! We know the brands and retailers will only listen and change when we join together with out collective voices and take action.

Help us end the exploitation and human trafficking of workers and join our campaign to #makefasiontraffikfree.

MAKE FASHION TRAFFIK FREE PROTOCOL

The Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol is a commitment to ensure the following criteria are adhered to by a retailer or fashion label’s suppliers with the intention of eliminating human trafficking within their business. 

They make a 5 year commitment to:

  • Tracing all suppliers back to the sourcing of the raw material
  • Ensuring there is no trafficked labour in their supply chain through means such as suppliers codes of conduct
  • Ensuring a robust social compliance program is place and the worker voice is included
  • Public reporting 
 

make fashion traffik-free protocol

The Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol is a commitment to ensure the following criteria are adhered to by a retailer or fashion label’s suppliers with the intention of eliminating human trafficking within their business. 

They make a 5 year commitment to:

  1. Tracing all suppliers back to the sourcing of the raw material
  2. Ensuring there is no trafficked labour in their supply chain through means such as suppliers codes of conduct
  3. Ensuring a robust social compliance program is place and the worker voice is included
  4. Public reporting
     

Download a full version of the Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol here.

 

 
 
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           annabell@faithfashion.com.au

           annabell@faithfashion.com.au