Modern Slavery

According to Global Estimates on Modern Slavery and Child Labour in 2017, modern slavery is an umbrella term that describes situations where an exploited person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, or abuse of power.
Modern slavery comes in many forms, and it always involve the deprivation of a person's freedom. Its forms are including but not limited to: forced labour exploitation, forced marriage, forced sexual exploitation, state-imposed forced labour, and even human trafficking where people are literally sold and considered less human than the others.

Why We Need to #EndSlavery



Modern Slavery and SDGs

Above all achievements of development both economically, socially and politically, the issue of modern slavery is still a dark side that hinders the achievement of the development sustainability.

Since it was formed in 2017, Emancipate has just designed a strategic planning that will be done over the next 12 months. Based on the designated plans, Emancipate can draw some relevance of our program to our focus in SDGs. Among them:

  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

About Us

Emancipate Indonesia is a youth organization initiated by youths from cities across Indonesia. Emancipate focuses on modern slavery issues, for it is a follow up initiative from its founder’s participation on Students Opposing Slavery Summit in Washington D.C.

Our Vision

We envision a future of our world free from slavery. A future where the voices of slavery survivors are amplified to empower emancipation against slavery. A future where every supply chain is free from slavery. A future where everyone has a chance to ensure freedom, dignity, and welfare is fulfilled to emancipate the world from slavery.
Therefore, our vision sees the importance of every elements in the society, particularly youth as our future frontiers to understand slavery from its earliest signs and take action to fight it.

Our Mission

Our mission is to combat modern slavery through youth-based engagements. We achieve this through campaign, data-driven and survivor-centered research, capacity building and advocacy.

Our Objectives

In our fight against modern slavery, our key objectives are :

  • Empowering youth to be aware and take actions in supporting the fight against modern slavery;
  • Delivering data-driven mapping about modern slavery-related issues;
  • Helping to empower modern slavery survivors to make their voices heard by stakeholders;
  • Encouraging ethical consumption and other awareness-building measures to mitigate slavery footprint in supply chains.

Latest Blogs

I am (more than) a Slavery Footprint

Usually I answer this question with the story of the shirt that I bought 7 years ago. Behind its loose buttons, I discovered more about slavery footprints: the fact that in many products that we buy, or the services that we get, there are many people who were “enslaved” for being forced to work in worrying conditions.

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Setiap Anak [Seharusnya] Bebas Menjadi Anak-Anak

Kondisi ekonomi yang tidak stabil di negara dunia ketiga, mengakibatkan terjadinya kemiskinan yang cukup parah. Imiming-iming bayaran yang tinggi serta meningkatkan kelayakan hidup keluarganya, menjadikan alasan bagi keluarga untuk melepas anak-anak tersebut dibandingkan memberikan pendidikan yang layak. ILO mengestimasikan sekitar 250 juta anak di negara berkembang telah bekerja dan 120 juta bekerja sebagai pekerja full time. Di antara pekerja anak ini 61% berada di Asia, 32% di Asia dan 7% di Amerika Latin. Selain itu, menurut laporan UNICEF, 70% dari 246 juta pekerja anak bekerja di kondisi yang berbahaya, seperti bekerja di tambang, bekerja dengan zat kimia dan pestisida di agrikultur, ataupun bekerja dengan alat-alat berbahaya (Basu & Tzannatos, 2003; Naeem et al., 2011; Koalisi Buruh Sawit. 2018).

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Mengenal Pekerja Rumahan dan Kerentanan yang Mereka Alami

Ibu Iswati (36) bangun pukul 4 pagi setiap hari. Ia menyiapkan sarapan untuk dua orang anaknya yang masih kecil dan sang suami. Usai solat Subuh dan menyelesaikan kerja domestik lainnya, ia melanjutkan merajut sepatu dan tas yang dititipkan kepadanya di rumahnya. Iswati sudah mulai merajut sepatu dan tas dua tahun lalu. Biasanya ia mulai merajut pukul 8 pagi hingga 12 siang sekadar untuk beristirahat. Setelahnya, ia bisa bekerja hingga pukul 11 malam.

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Peraih Nobel Perdamaian Kailash: Setiap Anak [Seharusnya] Bebas Menjadi Anak-Anak

Jakarta, 16 Desember 2018 – Lebih dari 152 juta anak diperbudak, disembunyikan dalam pabrik-pabrik di seluruh dunia dan dipaksa membuat barang-barang yang Anda beli dan gunakan setiap hari. Kopi yang Anda minum, pakaian yang Anda pakai, makeup yang Anda gunakan, mungkin dibuat oleh anak-anak yang diperbudak. Selain itu, banyak produk-produk lain yang berisiko terlibat dalam perbudakan anak, seperti gula, cokelat, smartphone, perhiasan emas, mainan, produk yang dibuat dari kulit, sepatu, dan masih banyak lagi. Namun, apa yang harus kita lakukan demi membayar sebuah kebebasan?

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Pemuda Menyingkap Kenyataan Industri Rokok Bersama Dubes Hungaria

Jakarta, 28 September 2018 – Pemuda dari berbagai organisasi dan komunitas membahas dampak industri rokok dari berbagai perspektif pada diskusi bertajuk “Climate Change, Modern Slavery, and Health Decadence in Tobacco Industry: Overcoming Development Challenges Through Tobacco Control“ di Kedutaan Besar Hungaria, Jakarta (28/09).

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Breaking the Silence of the Brands

Seven years ago, I bought a shirt. It was a grey shirt with tiny square patterns. I bought it in the center of Utrecht during my family visit. I hurried back home on my bicycle and showed my Mom what I have bought. It was a good bargain with great discount, and I praised my successful effort to buy the €3 shirt. I asked my Mom to fix the loose buttons on my new shirt, but my Mom was just standing still. Then she said “Maybe your loose buttons were sewed by children. Some little girls who works day and night, got tired by overwhelming targets, hence the loose buttons.”

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Indonesian Female Migrant Workers (TKW)

Slavery may be a word that sounds ancient; but in fact, slavery still exists with a new term, which is modern slavery. Quoted from the World Slavery Index, modern slavery can be defined as the condition in which a person treats others as their property, so that the person's (slave) freedom is seized and exploited for the benefit of the person who practices slavery; people can be hired and thrown away like goods. Based on data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and BNP2TKI, there are around 5 million Indonesians working abroad as migrant domestic workers, where the majority of them are women.

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