Slave Labor & Bible Covers

This story comes from 2007, a case of crucifixes purchased by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York was traced back to a factory in China where girls as young as 15 were forced to work up to 19-hour days, seven days a week.  Today, Christian items from bible covers to t-shirts are being made in factories which abuse and traffic workers.  And some Christians are standing up and refusing to stand for slavery.The Just Holy Hardware Campaign has launched this week as part of a movement to end slavery, especially slavery of children, in the production of religious items.  The initiative, based in Australia, aims to provide religious organizations with paraphernalia made under fair labor conditions, with a “no-slavery” guarantee. Sr. Pauline Coll, a representative on the national executive of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), has been particularly outspoken on the issue, saying the massive U.S.-based Association for Christian Retail,

“was found to lack basic codes of conduct and a factory-monitoring program.  There was little to reassure American Christians that the religious products they buy to celebrate their faith were not made under inhumane conditions.”

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