Dammit, dammit, dammit SB. I don't need to see this shit!
Well, that being said, the way they did the text on the site was kind of neat. Incredbily simply, but quite unique. I couldn't get on though, but I'll save this and check back.
While that site is upgrading, here is some more, really shocking, info.
wikipedia. Contemporary Slavery (edited for brevity, see link for rest of story)
The number of slaves today remains as high as 12 million to 27 million,... Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondageincurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily for prostituting women and children intosex industries. It is the fastest growing criminal industry and is predicted to eventually outgrow drug trafficking.
Total annual revenues of traffickers were estimated in 2004 to range from US $5 billion to US $9 billion. ... an "estimated 600,000 to 820,000 men, women, and children [are] trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 70 percent are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors. ... "the alarming enslavement of people for purposes of labor exploitation, often in their own countries, is a form of human trafficking that can be hard to track from afar."
enslavement of the homeless in the UK. the guardian
"We have been coming across some extremely disturbing reports from homeless people who have been 'enslaved' by criminal gangs across the UK," said Mike Nicholas, a spokesman for the charity. "Increasing numbers of rough sleepers, many from central and eastern Europe, have told us how they have been held against their will, beaten and forced to work without wages before escaping and ending up on the streets of London."
voice of america. Web Site Shows Extent of Forced Labor Used to Make Everyday Products. "The U.S. State Department estimates there are millions of people working in slavery around the world today. Many of the 27 million people in slavery are believed to be involved in the supply chain that goes into creating everyday products used by unsuspecting consumers." this links to the slavery footprint website.
I wold like that. I may not agree with the particulars of an algothythm, but it would still guide my decisions.
THe main thing is awareness, in a number of ways. I be 95% of the people who you talk to have no concept that there is modern slavery. Or they think it's "not as bad" as the slavery that the US practiced 150 years ago. Or that it doesnt matter. As a matter of degree, it probably isn't "as bad" as transporting shiploads of people across the atlantic, throwing a number of them overboard, openly selling them, 'breeding' them, etc, for several hundred years, but it's still reprehensible and horribly inhumane, and just plain immoral.