Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than there were at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade? There are an estimated 40 million people enslaved in the world today. There is also a serious risk that the chocolate and shrimp we eat, the jewelry we purchase for loved ones, the phones we all use, and the low-priced clothes we buy were produced by slavery. In fact, it is estimated that Canada imports $15 billion worth of goods produced by slavery each year.
That’s why I drafted and introduced the Modern Slavery Act, Canada in the House of Commons today. The law would require large Canadian companies to ensure that their supply chains are transparent and don’t rely on slavery. Failure to comply could result in fines and an import ban on their goods.
The good news is that we know how to defeat slavery. Countries around the world like the UK, France, and Australia are creating their own modern slavery laws and investments like Prime Minister Trudeau’s G7 announcement of $3.8 billion for education for women and girls in poverty are helping to combat slavery and the factors that contribute to it.
To help, write to your Member of Parliament and tell them you support my Modern Slavery Bill. You can also write to the retailers you purchase from and ask them what they’re doing to ensure none of their products are produced with slavery.