Nothing you own comes from slave labor, right? Actually, you might be surprised. But the good news is you can get yourself educated on this, help make a change, and even win a shout-out on mtvU with the Slavery Footprint Campus Challenge.
The mtvU campaign Against Our Will, which fights modern-day slavery, has joined forces with Slavery Footprint to get some serious education and anti-trafficking movement going on college campuses this year. Why is this an issue? According to Against Our Will, there are anywhere between 12 to 27 million people estimated to be enslaved. And it's happening in our backyard too -- from nail salons to restaurants. Wanna help fight slavery? Take the survey at Slavery Footprint. It’ll take maybe five, ten minutes to complete, and afterward it estimates how many slaves work for you.
After you learn the number, you can get involved. You’ll click on “Groups” and from there you can find your college and see what ways you can take action. Maybe you can get a fundraiser going at your school, or ask the school paper to report on it. If you have an Android or an iPhone, you can also download the Made in a Free World app, which gives you more quick and easy ways to fight slavery.
And if you’ve ever wanted a shoutout on air, this is your chance. At the end of the school year, the top school and students will get to hear their names right on mtvU!
The first step to fighting slavery is to realize it still exists. After that, it’s time to understand it and fight it. College campuses across the country are showing that they’ve got the stuff to make slavery a thing of the past.