How many slaves work for you?
400 years ago, global trade depended on transatlantic slavery. Modern Slavery is an ethical epidemic in the 21st-century world too, and it is part of our everyday lives. In Scotland, the greatest number of victims of human trafficking are in forced labour.
Our shopping habits and the lack of awareness makes it possible.
Along with Action of Churches Together (ACTS), SOHTIS is delighted to be hosting ‘Selling Out to Slavery’, a conference which will focus on the ways in which trafficking is an issue for Scottish businesses, how human trafficking is dependent on consumerism and address labour exploitation behind the production and distribution of goods and services in Scotland.
It will also provide practical ways communities can foster awareness, be part of the solution to the eradication of trafficking and become ethical consumers.
We are delighted that our key note speakers are Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and philospher, sociologist and theologian, Dr. Elaine Storkey, along with other prominent NGO’S who are at the forefront of the work ending slavery and supporting survivors.
We are bringing business leaders, politicians, and citizens/consumers of all backgrounds together to dialogue on how we can change our society free from slave labour. This is a public conference because, just as consumerism is the problem, ethical consumers can be the most important activists/abolitionists.
SOHTIS believes everyone deserves to live in freedom with dignity and respect.
There are ways that we can all be involved in being part of the solution to human trafficking in Scotland. Some as simple as raising awareness by following SOHTIS on social media and sharing our posts, joining Team SOHTIS and volunteering or fundraising, linking us with useful networking contacts and by donating funds.