There are more slaves today than at any point in history. The failure of civilized, first world nations to eradicate the selling of our fellow human beings is creating a hell-on-earth that only Dante Alighieri could have brought into nightmarish focus. Slavery, trafficking, mass rapes and other war crimes are just some of the reasons why we went conflict-mineral free for Christmas gifts this year. Knowing that electronics manufacturers could begin solving this problem – by charging consumers just ONE PENNY more per product, and that they choose instead to hide behind bureaucratic red tape cost them our family’s business. Sure, it’s only a nickel to them. But to me – those five red cents are just that. Red.
Blood Red. And as 1,500 women, boys and girls are raped or murdered each and every day in the Congo alone: it won’t be blood on my hands. Or my daughter’s.