Trafficking in the Tea Industry
Everywhere around the world people drink tea. Tea is big business in India.Recent research has shown that the labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations of Assam, a north-eastern state of India, are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking. Men, women and children are being deceived with promises of a new life and great work opportunities and are ultimately being trafficked and exploited within cities across India. Tata Global Beverages is one of the largest tea companies in the world. They provide us with such iconic brands such as Tetley and are the major shareholder of the APPL tea plantations in Assam. Tata has released a plan to address human trafficking. STOP THE TRAFFIK is asking Tata to do more by showing leadership to bring about an end to human trafficking in the tea industry. Three requests have been put to them:
- Be transparent about the steps the company is taking in this area.
- Produce a detailed action plan with clear deadlines and financial investment towards specific commitments to reduce workers’ vulnerability to modern slavery.
- Lead other industry players in a joint effort to tackle the root causes of the problem.