The reality of modern-day slavery

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Julie Francoeur, Executive Director of FairTrade

As a society, the story that we are told is that slavery is a shameful part of history that is in the past.

However, the hard truth is that we have turned a blind eye to the over 40 million people who are enslaved. Whether it is from forced marriages, working on farms in developing nations, or building parts for the latest Apple product, the slave trade hasn’t gone away. It has just been hiding.

Despite Canadians taking pride in our commitment to human rights and being a progressive country, we are one of twelve G20 countries that does not have a concrete plan to stop buying products produced with slave labour or laws that would allow consumers to make informed decisions about how products are produced.

This makes the work of Julie Francoeur all the more important. As the executive director of Fairtrade Canada, Julie has spent most of her career advocating for ending the modern slave trade and enforcing fair labour practices in the Global South. A lot of Julie’s work has been focused on making sure Canadians know slavery still exists and that we need to let our leaders know it's unacceptable.

Julie joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson to discuss how people get caught up in slavery, how it finds itself in nearly everything we own, and ways to address this ever-growing dilemma.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

Image: Julie Francoeur, Executive Director of FairTrade. Photo byGilad Cohen.

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