Target: British Tea Company, Tetley
Goal: Urge Tetley to weaken slave trafficking in India by raising wages for plantation workers
Many tea companies are making billions of dollars due to the popularity and demand of the beverage. Sadly, the people who work on the tea plantations in India are paid wages that are absurdly below the minimum wage in that country. These low wages make it easier for slave traders to lure young girls into domestic slavery by promising them a better life with better wages. Many of those girls disappear into thin air after being taken by slave traders, leaving their worried families to desperately search for them, usually in vain.
Tetley is quite possibly the best-selling brand of tea in the UK. The company generates billions of dollars in profit each year, yet it insists that it can only pay its workers half of the legal minimum wage. This makes the tea plantations the perfect breeding ground for slave trafficking.
The tens of thousands of girls and boys lost in the network of the slave trafficking are unlikely to ever escape. They are sold, abused, and forced to do labor. They are trapped in the confines of the slave trafficking system, helpless, with no escape. The growth of the slave trade could be prevented if the tea plantations pay their workers decent wages. Sign this petition and demand decent wages for tea plantation workers in India.
As a result of the absurdly low wages you are paying the tea plantation workers in India, the plantations have become a breeding ground for slave trafficking. The amount of money your workers are receiving are well below the legal minimum wage making it easier for slave traders to lure girls as young as the age of eleven into a world of domestic slavery and abuse by telling them promises of a better life for them and their families.
Their families are left to desperately search for them, sometimes even years after they had already been lost in the slave trafficking system. I urge you to pay your plantation workers a decent wage. Being a company that generates billions of dollars thanks to its best-selling tea, I refuse to believe that you are not able to give your workers at least the minimum wage.
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