Perhaps cheap products are attractive in the short term but they come with additional costs to someone a world away.
Naive perhaps, but I find this shocking! On the surface it may seem like an equality issue but I think there is more to it than that. The demand for cheap products has not only encouraged child labor but is also keeping the slave trade alive.
“One day I was stopped by the police and asked if I had a work permit,” says Ei Ei Lwin, 29, a Burmese migrant who was detained on the docks at Songkhla port. “They wanted a 10,000 baht (£180) bribe to release me. I didn’t have it, and I didn’t know anyone else who would, so they took me to a secluded area, handed me over to a broker, and sent me to work on a trawler.”