Demand School Books Teach About Present-Day Slavery


Target: Lloyd G. Waterhouse, CEO/President of McGraw-Hill Education

Goal: Properly educate students on slavery on an international scale

Slavery is a problem still plaguing the globe, with millions of victims being claimed daily.  Demand educational publishing giant McGraw-Hill include information relevant to modern slavery across the globe in its textbooks.

Today slavery is a global issue that is affecting almost, if not every, background of life. McGraw-Hill should provide information on the subject of modern slavery internationally. Beside from the previously known “slaves were being transported from Africa to America,” information on the slaves in African mines, Bangladesh factories, or Mexico should be included in books. These are cases of very blatant abuse to human rights and though every case cannot be included into a textbook, the overall issue can be addressed and elaborated on.

It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves globally. In Africa there are men who are working in mines for up to 72 hours at a time illegally. Just as there are you Chinese children who are kidnapped and forced to work in factories. Human trafficking is also a form of slavery that is current internationally. With hubs all over the world for traffickers to smuggle victims it would be costly to the safety of children to leave them unaware of this crime. Women, men, and children are all victims of trafficking who are being kidnapped and forced into humiliating and painful “work.” There are children as young as 7 who are kidnapped and trafficked.

There are slaves that are working right in front of us without being recognized or saved. Sign this petition to urge McGraw-Hill to include current information on modern slavery internationally.


Dear Mr. Waterhouse,

Slavery is plaguing the globe with more cases of slavery today than ever in human history. So much so that the cost of a slave has gone down drastically from $40,000 to $90 in less than 200 years. This is an issue that, without good sources of information, will only continue to be an almost invisible epidemic. I am encouraging you to include information on international modern slavery in your text books.

There is not enough information on modern slavery, international and domestic, being provided to students who need it. If our attention does not become focused on this horrible crime and students aren’t equipped with the right information the problem will never stand a chance of ending. It is up to educators and the materials used to teach from to include information relevant to the state of the world. I am urging you to include information on modern slavery in your textbooks to allow students even just the chance to take that information and make a change.


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