Who is Behind Your Mask?

To wear or not to wear, that is the question we have all been asking ourselves about masks as we start to come out of isolation and try to get back to some normality.  Masks, all of a sudden, have become big business, whether they are disposable or reusable.  https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/03-03-2020-shortage-of-personal-protective-equipment-endangering-health-workers-worldwide

 

One question, however, I suspect, that is not high on anyone’s list is, “Who is behind the mask?”    Who supplied the material for the mask, who sewed it up, who packaged it and who delivered it?  Can you be sure that no one was exploited in the supply chain of the mask that you now have in your possession?    

 

Human Traffickers hide behind a mask of respectability.  They appear kind and generous and sociable, when all the time they are making money from vulnerable, desperate people who are under their control.

https://www.gla.gov.uk/publications/resources/glaa-videos/glaa-horse-trading/

 

Now is the ideal time for Human Traffickers across the world to make huge money in the supply chains of masks and personal protective equipment.  For example, legitimate firms who make the masks will need many more workers at short notice to meet the increasing demand.  This is where the Trafficker steps in and supplies the workers, and the company turns a blind eye to the checks and balances which they would normally carry out if they weren’t under so much pressure.  https://www.stopthetraffik.org/coronavirus-labour-market-means-business/

If you knew that the mask you have was made by someone who receives little or no money for each mask, and who lives in constant fear of violence from their trafficker, would you have still bought it?  If the answer is yes, then the question is, “Who really is behind your mask?”

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