Most cell phones contain coltan, a mineral often mined by child slaves in the Congo, while many clothes sold at places like the Gap, and H&M are manufactured by children as young as twelve, working in dangerous sweatshops. Nearly every day you use and consume products made by child or slave labor, but thanks to databases created by the US government and a handful of non-profits, it’s easier than ever to make ethical consumer choices.
P.J. Tobia is a Foreign Affairs Producer at PBS NewsHour, covering the Middle East, Africa the intelligence and diplomatic community. He is also the host and producer of NewsHour’s Shortwave podcast, on the intersection of foreign affairs and American life. Prior to joining NewsHour, he lived and worked in Afghanistan covering Afghan politics, life and the U.S.led war. His work appeared in major American and European print, television and radio outlets.
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