Andrew Forrest And Modern Day Slavery: “Twiggy” Is One Of The Good Guys

This man wants to end modern day slavery.  Andrew Forrest is worth an estimated $3 billion, and has pledge 95% to charity.  He founded Fortescue Metals Group, which grew to become the world’s fourth largest iron ore producer.  Andrew is up against an estimated 46 million modern day slaves, according to Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index, a foundation he started.  It is an uphill battle.  Last year’s Global Slavery Index, estimated global slavery at 10 million less.  Is slavery increasing? Probably, but reporting accuracy is also improving.

According to Modern Slavery, major forms of slavery include; child trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude.  The Global Slavery Index points to 4 key indicators of vulnerability:  “Vulnerability to modern slavery is affected by a complex interaction of factors related to the presence or absence of protection and respect for rights, physical safety and security, access to the necessities of life such as food, water and health care, and patterns of migration, displacement and conflict. Statistical testing grouped 24 measures of vulnerability into four dimensions covering: 1) civil and political protections, 2) social health and economic rights, 3) personal security, and 4) refugee populations and conflict.”

Nicholas Kristoff, recently penned an article in the New York Times entitled, Obama’s Death Sentence for Young Refugees. Nicholas highlights an intercept program implemented by Mexico and financed by the US.  Central American refugees crossing into southern Mexico are intercepted before making their way to the US.  Once in custody they are returned to their home countries.

According to Cristobal, a 16 year-old Central American refugee, “If I’m sent back, they will kill me,” who is staying temporarily at a shelter for unaccompanied migrant kids in Mexico. He says he was forced to work for the gang as a cocaine courier beginning at age 14 — a gun was held to his head, and he was told he would be shot if he declined. He finally quit and fled after he witnessed gang members murder two of his friends. Now the gang is looking for him, he says, and it already sent a hit team to his home.

Many of these refugees are originating from Honduras, EL Salvador and Guatemala.  According to the Global Slavery Index, Guatemala ranks 23 out of 167 countries (1 being worst).  With a “slavery percentage” of 0.845%, Guatemala ranks in the top 14% in per capita slaves worldwide, and as Nicholas points out, we are making sure to send them back home. 

We heard You.

Mark Correnti

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