What is there behind a label that says "dress for 9€" or "unbeatable prices"? What is there behind a toy, or a pair of shoes, or a mobile phone, or an ad for cosmetics, or behind certain brands…? Let’s have a look behind these labels, these prices, this publicity... They hide the sweat and blood of the slaves of the 21st century. Child slaves are present in every sector of the economy, where the human being itself is regarded as a throw-away commodity
Yesterday, it was the 20th ANNIVERSARY (1995-2015) of IQBAL MASIH’S MURDER, Christian non-violent militant for Justice in the fight against Child Slavery in the world.
In commemoration of his death, the 16th April is the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST CHILD SLAVERY, and rallies, different events, street actions and solidarity marches against child slavery were held in Spain and Latin America, organized by the MCC (Christian Cultural Movement), CJS (Solidarity Youth Path) and SAIn (Internationalist Self-Managed and Solidarity) Political Party.
On 16 April 1995, a child slave, Iqbal Masih, was murdered in Pakistan because he fought against child slavery.
Every day we can find products made by enslaved children, in our homes, in our streets, in shopping malls, in our consumption. At present, millions of children breath the smoke of rubbish landfills, they risk their lives as pearl divers, they work in the mines to get the minerals for our cosmetics or for new technologies, they are kidnapped to become child soldiers, they live amidst bullets and rapes in the streets, they are used for the trade in human organs, in brothels, in sweatshop... Children who have been deprived of their childhood and education. Children who are subjugated, enslaved, humiliated.