What are some of the tools used by modern-day abolitionists? CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talked to Not for Sale president and co-founder David Batstone about technology that is helping the fight against slavery.
Q: What tools do you use to raise awareness and to crack down on human trafficking?
BATSTONE: When I discovered the extent to which human trafficking exists in the world today, one thing that really struck me was how invisible it was to so many common citizens. So we began working with technology tools at Not for Sale. And one of the first tools we created was in partnership with Yahoo. It's a tool called slaverymap.org where we document cases of human trafficking in backyard communities all over the globe.
When you go to Slavery Map you're able to see who the trafficker is, who their victims might be, whether law enforcement got involved in getting them freed and what happened to the victim. So slaverymap.org is a way for people all over the world to find out what's happening in their community.
Q: In addition to Slavery Map, you've also created another modern-day tool for consumers to use. It's the Free to Work app for the iPhone and Android. It rates companies based on their support of slavery. What is the reaction to that app been like?
BATSTONE: It's been phenomenal. What we do is we look at the factors that go into making any product. We want to make sure that consumers feel that they're enhancing the lives of the people who touch that product, that made that product not limit or destroy their lives. So we come up with a grade that's familiar to most anyone who has gone to school, it's an A, B, C, D, F. And we'll send the report card to the company and say they have 30 days to get back to us with information we might have missed. We don't want them to look bad.
And what I'm finding when we first started, most companies ignored us, but now because of the rising use of the tool on iPhones and in Androids, we're finding that companies in two out of three cases are getting back to us with feedback and how they can improve their supply chain.