Don’t Trade Lives

Picture of children making soccer balls for the Indian domestic market.
Children making soccer balls for the Indian domestic market. Sakija is 15 years old and was 6 years old when she commenced making soccer balls. She works from 6 am to 6 pm and also does housework. She says "I've never been to school, what dreams can I have?"

There is a better future possible for the millions of children around the world who are orphans, street children, child soldiers or other children affected by conflict. These children are often sexually exploited, forced to work in dangerous conditions, or targeted by human traffickers.

Join with World Vision’s Don’t Trade Lives campaign against human trafficking and exploitation. Together we can protect these children and work to:

  • Reduce the market in Australia for products produced through forced or child labour.
  • Call on Australian businesses to eradicate forced and child labour from their operations and uphold human and child rights.
  • Ensure the Australian Government is not supporting businesses through its policies and purchasing practices that may contribute to forced or child labour.
  • Ensure the Australian Government continues to support international anti-trafficking initiatives and works to protect children from exploitation.

You can help end child exploitation

  • Vote with your dollar! Buy ethical products that are not produced using forced, child and trafficked labour. Use the Ethical Shopping Guide to help you.
  • When you are next out shopping, give your local businesses a card and ask them to stock more ethical products.
  • Write to your Federal MP asking them to increase overseas aid, which provides valuable assistance in protecting vulnerable children from exploitation and abuse, helping to break the cycle between poverty and exploitation.
  • Sign up to receive regular updates on our work – subscribe to our advocacy magazine, Action News Online.

Resources

  • Good Coffee Guide to Australia
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  • Coffee's Hidden Kick: Labour exploitation in the global coffee industry
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  • Behind the Bling: Forced and Child Labour in the Global Jewellery Industry
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  • Gender Equality - fact sheet
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  • Ethical chocolate scorecard
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  • Understanding human trafficking - fact sheet
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  • Trafficking and sexual exploitation - fact sheet
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  • Trafficking and labour exploitation in the global fishing industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced, child and trafficked labour in the palm oil industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced, child and trafficked labour in the cocoa industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced and child labour is everyone's business - fact sheet
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  • Forced and child labour in the technology industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced and child labour in the cotton industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced, child and trafficked labour - A corporate responsibility fact sheet
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  • Child Protection and Trafficking - A5 flyer
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  • Do you stock ethical products - a card to give to businesses
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  • Our Guilty Pleasure - Exploitative Child Labour in the Chocolate Industry - Full Report
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  • Our Guilty Pleasure - Exploitative Child Labour in the Chocolate Industry - Report Summary
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  • Addressing labour exploitation in supply chains - guidelines for business
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