I bet you answered no, but if you buy fast fashion, it’s highly likely your purchase was touched somewhere in the supply chain by people being human trafficked. Fast fashion has generated a need for companies to find ways to make clothes at a lower cost in order to keep up with the trends and produce things rapidly and cheaply. Unfortunately, the fashion industry has been directly linked to so much human trafficking because of the demand for low cost, fast fashion. We believe we need to do our part to educate our customers and help prevent this!
Who makes the clothes? Often times where it’s made is a huge indicator of the labor laws (or lack thereof) and conditions for garment workers. Typically, companies that know they pay workers fairly, advertise this. Sadly, many choose not to know the conditions in which their clothing is made, only that their orders will be filled in time.
Here are a few facts from the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
* The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, with hundreds of thousands in the United States.
* The victims of this crime in the U.S. are men and women, adults and children, and foreign nationals and U.S. citizens.
* Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states, and in Washington, D.C.
* Some victims are hidden behind locked doors in brothels and factories. In other cases, victims are in plain view and may interact with community members, but the widespread lack of awareness and understanding of trafficking leads to low levels of victim identification by the people who most often encounter them.
If we can’t determine where something is made, maybe it is time to start asking questions. If the company doesn't know or can’t answer, you probably already know the answer. If you are getting an unbelievable price - ask yourself if the item could have been ethically made at that price. By not shopping and supporting companies that use slave labor, we can encourage them to change their ways.
At Ginger Threads Collections, we are committed to sustainable fashion. What that means to us is that the clothing and accessories we sell are made ethically - paying a fair wage to employees, and using eco-friendly practices and fabrics.