Ben Skinner, Sandy, Today discussed on Ending Human Trafficking Podcast
So prevention of trafficking to me fundamentally involves some basic elements of of development but really targeted development. The as i said in the end of my book the war on diarrhea may not have the same sexy ring as As the war on slavery but when when diarrhea is the number one killer of children in the developing world. Needless needless deaths right and when so many desperately poor families are faced with a health crisis. Go into debt bondage as a solution. Could we not invest in preventing those needless deaths and preventing that health crisis and preventing that daas preventing that death That the bondage i. It's a this a fundamentally. We are focused on industry because industry broken out our millions of jobs. Billions of jobs if you go across industries. The apparel industry seventy million jobs alone. This is a place that is a tremendous opportunity. It is also a place where there is forced labor. It it harbors that it doesn't need to and so prevention from me is about is about creating jobs that are actually what they say they are which is opportunities which is pathways to mobility which is pathways to prosperity and there are best practices out there. We've seen suppliers that when we approach them. Say this is not who we are fundamentally. This is not who we are and they change and that to me is exhilarating. Because of that can be scaled and ultimately if those companies that won't change our put out of business and those companies that will change grow to be the norm dominate the market. Then then we're talking about prevention at scale and for me. That's that's exciting. I love that an education is a key to helping people know where to begin that prevention digging a well so kids have clean water to prevent. Diarrhea is prevention factor in as far as education. One of the challenges. That i've had is i've been able to get in front of some corporate leaders here in california and they're just like this is so much information and so. I found a new way to use the sweat and toil app that department of labor produced and has thousands of pages of research behind this app. You can go to the grocery store and you can look and see what products are being produced and have been on the shelves in our consumer platform here. That use child forced labor Adult forced labor and make a decision not to purchase that. Well that's a pretty whack-a-mole kind of idea from my perspective. But now i'm having my students. And i'm sharing with corporate leaders. You can actually use this to find out where you might expect. The next w are owed happen with those kinds of products so you can look ahead and see in on an app on your phone and it seems like a very simple tool but it is a way for us to begin to be more tuned in to what's happening across the world because we are all connected this eighty percent number. I'm just still reeling from that. Because we think we have governmental boarders and yet corporate reach is not restricted to geographical boundaries.